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TITLE 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 13. STATE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM [22000 - 25115]

  ( Part 13 repealed and added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 6. Investments [22350 - 22364]
  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. )

22350.
  

The Legislature finds and declares that changing economic conditions and increasing complexity in the investment market make it necessary and desirable that the system obtain the best possible investment expertise.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

22351.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature that the board secure investment advisors with the composite expertise necessary for the investment of the retirement fund portfolio.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

22352.
  

Upon a finding by the board that necessary investment expertise is not available within existing civil service classifications, and with the approval of the State Personnel Board, the board may contract with qualified investment managers having demonstrated expertise in the management of large and diverse investment portfolios to render service in connection with the investment program of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 728, Sec. 30. Effective January 1, 2013.)

22353.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board shall by contract retain not less than two separate individual investment advisers.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, there is hereby continuously appropriated without regard to fiscal years, from the retirement fund, an amount sufficient to pay all costs arising from this section.

(c) No costs arising from this section shall be paid from the General Fund.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

22354.
  

(a) The board shall, pursuant to the state civil service statutes, either contract with, or establish and fill full-time positions for, investment managers who are experienced and knowledgeable in corporate management issues to monitor each corporation any of whose shares are owned by the plan and to advise the board on the voting of the shares owned by the plan and on the responses of the system to merger proposals and tender offers and all other matters pertaining to corporate governance.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, there is hereby continuously appropriated, without regard to fiscal years, from the retirement fund, an amount sufficient to pay all costs arising from this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 965, Sec. 42. Effective January 1, 1999.)

22355.
  

In no event shall the board employ through interagency agreement any investment personnel who would also serve during the term of the agreement as investment staff to the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

22356.
  

The board may apply to reduce the book value of securities purchased, all or part of the excess of the proceeds of the sale or redemption prior to maturity of securities over the book value of the securities sold or redeemed provided the purchase of securities is made with those proceeds and provided that the terms of both securities from the date of sale, redemption, or purchase, as the case may be, to the respective dates of maturity, do not differ by more than five years. All applications of excess of sales or redemption proceeds, even with greater difference in terms, made by the board before October 1, 1949, are hereby validated and confirmed.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

22359.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may retain a bank or trust company to serve as custodian for safekeeping, delivery, securities valuation, investment performance reporting, and other services in connection with investment of the retirement fund.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 893, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

22360.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may pursuant to Section 22203 and in conformance with its fiduciary duty set forth in Section 22250, enter into correspondent agreements with private lending institutions in this state to utilize the retirement fund to invest in residential mortgages, including assisting borrowers, through financing, to obtain homes in this state.

(b) The program shall, among other things, provide:

(1) That home loans be made available to borrowers for the purchase of single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, three-family dwellings, four-family dwellings, single-family cooperative apartments, and single-family condominiums.

(2) That the recipients of the loans occupy the homes as their principal residences in accordance with policies established by the board.

(3) That the home loans shall be available only for the purchase or refinance of homes in this state.

(4) That the amount and length of the loans shall be pursuant to a schedule periodically established by the board that shall provide a loan of up to 100 percent of the appraised value. In no event shall the loan amount exceed 200 percent of the conforming loan limit set by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) or 200 percent of the conforming loan limit set by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), whichever is greater. The portion of any loan exceeding 80 percent of value shall be insured by an admitted mortgage guaranty insurer conforming to Chapter 2A (commencing with Section 12640.01) of Part 6 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, in an amount so that the unguaranteed portion of the loan does not exceed 75 percent of the market value of the property together with improvements thereon.

(5) That there may be prepayment penalties assessed on the loans in accordance with policies established by the board.

(6) That the criteria and terms for its loans shall be consistent with the financial integrity of the program and the sound investment of the retirement fund.

(7) Any other terms and conditions as the board shall deem appropriate.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the provisions of this section be used to establish an investment program for residential mortgages, including assisting borrowers in purchasing homes in this state, or refinancing a mortgage loan. The Legislature intends that home loans made pursuant to this section shall be secured primarily by the property purchased or refinanced and shall not exceed the appraised value of that property.

(d) Appropriate administrative costs of implementing this section and Section 22360.5 shall be paid by the participating borrowers. Those costs may be included in the loan amount.

(e) Appropriate interest rates shall be periodically reviewed and adjusted to provide loans to borrowers consistent with the financial integrity of the home loan program and the sound and prudent investment of the retirement fund. Under no circumstances, however, shall the interest rates offered to borrowers be below current market rate.

(f) The board shall administer this section and Section 22360.5 under other terms and conditions it deems appropriate and in keeping with the investment standard. The board may adopt policies as necessary for its administration of this section and Section 22360.5 and to assure compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

(g) This section and Section 22360.5 shall be known as, and may be cited as, the Dave Elder State Teachers’ Retirement System Home Loan Program Act.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 802, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)

22360.5.
  

(a) The board may include in any investment program established pursuant to Section 22360 a procedure whereby a member may obtain 100 percent financing for the purchase for a single-family dwelling unit in accordance with the following criteria:

(1) The member shall obtain one loan secured by the purchased home, pursuant to Section 22360, and a second personal loan secured by a portion of the accumulated retirement contributions in the member’s individual account. The personal loan shall only be used for the purchase of the member’s principal residence and not for a loan to refinance the member’s existing mortgage.

(2) The loan secured by the purchased home shall be consistent with the requirements imposed by Section 22360.

(3) In no event may the personal loan secured by the accumulated retirement contributions in the member’s individual account exceed the lesser of 50 percent of the current value amount of the accumulated retirement contributions or fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).

(4) If two members are married, the personal loan secured by the sum total of accumulated retirement contributions in both members’ accounts shall not exceed 5 percent of the loan.

(5) The pledge of security under this section shall remain in effect until the personal loan is paid in full.

(b) The pledge of security under this section shall take binding effect. In the event of a default on the personal loan secured by the member’s retirement contributions as authorized by this section, the board shall deduct an amount from the member’s accumulated retirement contributions on deposit and adjust the member’s accumulated retirement contributions as necessary to recover any outstanding loan balance prior to making any disbursement of a refund or a lump-sum distribution.

(c) In the event of a default on the personal loan by a member, the board shall deduct the monthly principal plus appropriate interest from the member’s benefit, when the member begins receiving a benefit, until the loan is paid in full.

(d) In the event of a default on the personal loan by a member receiving a benefit, the board shall deduct the monthly principal and interest from the member’s benefit until the personal loan is paid in full.

(e) The secured personal loan permitted under this section shall be made available only to members who meet eligibility criteria as determined by the board.

(f) In the event of a refund or lump-sum distribution of the accumulated retirement contributions, the member’s account shall be adjusted as necessary to recover any outstanding loan balance.

(g) If the member is married at the time the home is purchased with a personal loan secured by the member’s accumulated retirement contributions as authorized by this section, then the member’s spouse shall agree in writing to the pledge of security, as to his or her community interest in the amount pledged, regardless of whether title to the home is held in joint tenancy.

(h) For purposes of the section only, “member” means any person who is entitled to receive an allowance funded by the system pursuant to this part or Part 14, notwithstanding any vesting requirement and without regard to present eligibility to retire, and who is not retired or disabled.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 939, Sec. 27. Effective January 1, 2000.)

22361.
  

(a) The board may, subject to and consistent with its fiduciary duty, establish a program utilizing the retirement fund to assist currently employed members and retired members who are victims of a natural disaster to obtain loans from the retirement fund for the sole purpose of repairing or rebuilding their homes that have been damaged by a natural disaster. In order to qualify for such a loan, the home of the currently employed member or retired member shall have been damaged by a natural disaster and the home shall have been in an area that has been declared a disaster area in a proclamation of the Governor of a state of emergency affecting the area in which the currently employed member or retired member resides.

(b) The board may loan any amount of money, up to and including 100 percent of the current appraised value of a home of a currently employed member or retired member. However, 5 percent of the loan may, at the discretion of the board, be secured by the contributions of the member who requests the loan.

(c) The board may, under such conditions as it may deem prudent, require that a currently employed member or retired member pledge other assets as collateral for a loan.

(d) The board shall establish terms for the termination of loans made pursuant to this section upon the separation of members from service, to ensure, in the case of any default, that the fund shall not suffer any loss and to provide, as a condition of retirement, for alternative security. The board may impose any other terms and conditions the board may determine appropriate.

(e) The Legislature hereby reserves full power and authority to change, revise, limit, expand, or repeal the loan program authorized by this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 634, Sec. 92. Effective January 1, 1997.)

22362.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board shall give first priority to investing not less than 25 percent of all funds of the plan that become available in a fiscal year for new investments, in any of the following:

(1) Obligations secured by a lien or charge solely on residential realty, including rental housing, located in the state and on the security of which, commercial banks are permitted to make loans pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 1220) of Chapter 10 of Division 1 of the Financial Code.

(2) Securities representing a beneficial interest in a pool of obligations secured by a lien or charge solely on residential realty located in the state.

(3) Certificates of deposit issued by savings and loan associations, if the savings and loan associations agree to make loans, or to fund tax-exempt notes or bonds issued by housing authorities, cities, or counties, on residential realty located in the state, including rental housing, in an amount equal to the amount of the deposit.

(b) Funds subject to investment pursuant to this section include all moneys received as employer and member contributions, investment income, and the proceeds from all net gains and losses from securities, reduced by the amount of benefit payments and withdrawals occurring during the fiscal year. In computing the amount of investment pursuant to this section, a dollar-for-dollar credit shall be given for residential realty investments described in this section that are contractually agreed to be made by a financial institution from which the board, in consideration thereof, purchases other such investments. In computing the amount of investment pursuant to this section, the board may elect to include the dollar amount of commitments to purchase mortgages from public revenue bond programs in the year the commitment is given. However, that election may not exceed one-fifth of the total guideline amount.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the acquisition of any instrument or security at less than the market rate.

(d) If the board determines during any fiscal year that compliance with this section will result in lower overall earnings for the retirement fund than obtainable from alternative investment opportunities that would provide equal or superior security, including guarantee of yield, the board may substitute those higher yielding investments, to the extent actually available for acquisition, for the investments otherwise specified by this section. Additionally, if, and to the extent that, adherence to the diversification guideline specified in this section would conflict with its fiduciary obligations in violation of Section 9 of Article I of the California Constitution or Section 10 of Article I of the United States Constitution, or would conflict with the standard for prudent investment of the fund as set forth in Section 17 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the board may substitute alternative investments.

(e) The board, upon determining the final amount of funds available for investment in substitute alternative investments and the estimated amount of funds invested pursuant to subdivision (a), shall submit that information to the Governor and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Thereafter, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee shall transmit the report of the State Auditor to the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules for transmittal to the affected policy committees.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 654, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2007.)

22363.
  

No matter involving any vendor or contractor, in their individual or any other capacity, shall be considered during a closed session on any transaction involving the system unless, prior to the closed session, a written disclosure has been submitted by the vendor or contractor of any campaign contributions aggregating two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more and any gifts aggregating fifty dollars ($50) or more in value that the vendor or contractor has made during the preceding calendar year to any member of the board or any officer or employee of the system. Failure to disclose the campaign contributions and gifts shall provide the basis for disqualification of the contractor or the vendor.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 923, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1999.)

22364.
  

(a) During the process leading to an award of any contract by the system, no member of the board or its staff shall knowingly communicate concerning any matter relating to the contract or selection process with any party financially interested in the contract, or an officer or employee of that party, unless the communication is (1) part of the process expressly described in the request for proposal or other solicitation invitation, or (2) part of a noticed board meeting, or (3) as provided in subdivision (c). Any applicant or bidder who knowingly participates in a communication that is prohibited by this paragraph shall be disqualified from the contract award.

(b) During the evaluation of any prospective investment transaction, no party who is financially interested in the transaction, or an officer or employee of that party, may knowingly communicate with any board member concerning any matter relating to the transaction or its evaluation, unless the financially interested party discloses the content of the communication in a writing addressed and submitted to the executive officer and the board prior to the board’s action on the prospective transaction. This subdivision shall not apply to communications that are part of a noticed board meeting, or as provided in subdivision (c).

(1) The writing shall disclose the date and location of the communication, and the substance of the matters discussed. The board shall prescribe other procedures concerning this disclosure.

(2) Any board member who participates in a communication subject to this subdivision shall also have the obligation to disclose the communication to the executive officer and board, prior to the board’s action on the prospective transaction. The board shall prescribe procedures for this disclosure, including procedures to apply to board members who fail to disclose communications as required by this subdivision.

(3) Consistent with its fiduciary duties, the board shall determine the appropriate remedy for any knowing failure of a financially interested party to comply with this subdivision including, but not limited to, outright rejection of the prospective investment transaction, reduction in fee income, or any other sanction.

(4) The communications disclosed under this subdivision shall be made public, either at the open meeting of the board in which the transaction is considered, or if in closed session, upon public disclosure of any closed session votes concerning the investment transaction.

(c) The procedures and prohibitions prescribed by this section shall not apply to:

(1) Communications that are incidental, exclusively social, and do not involve the system or its business, or the board or staff member’s role as a system official.

(2) Communications that do not involve the system or its business and that are within the scope of the board or staff member’s private business or public office wholly unrelated to the system.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 923, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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