HB 251

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan, certain contributions to savings accounts by guardians and conservators, authorized, Sec. 16-33C-25 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, the Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan, administered by the State Treasurer, consists of the ABLE Program, ACES Program, and the PACT Program

This bill would authorize a contribution to, and continued investment in, an ACES Program or ABLE Program savings account for a designated beneficiary by the guardian or conservator of the designated beneficiary

This bill would also conform the applicable code sections to the recent amendments to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code

Relating to the Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan; to amend Sections 16-33C-1, 16-33C-3, 16-33C-10, and 16-33C-25, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize certain contributions to, and investments in, ACES Program or ABLE Program savings accounts; and to conform the applicable code sections to the recent amendments to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Subjects
Education
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Under existing law, the Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan, administered by the State Treasurer, consists of the ABLE Program, ACES Program, and the PACT Program

This bill would authorize a contribution to, and continued investment in, an ACES Program or ABLE Program savings account for a designated beneficiary by the guardian or conservator of the designated beneficiary

This bill would also conform the applicable code sections to the recent amendments to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code

Relating to the Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan; to amend Sections 16-33C-1, 16-33C-3, 16-33C-10, and 16-33C-25, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize certain contributions to, and investments in, ACES Program or ABLE Program savings accounts; and to conform the applicable code sections to the recent amendments to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Section 1

Sections 16-33C-1, 16-33C-3, 16-33C-10, and 16-33C-25, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§16-33C-1.

The Legislature of Alabama hereby finds and determines that the advancement and improvement of higher education in the State of Alabama is a proper governmental function and purpose of the State of Alabama. Additionally, the Legislature of Alabama intends to establish a qualified ABLE Program in this state which will encourage and assist Alabama individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting Alabama citizens with disabilities. It is therefore the legislative intent of this chapter to establish the Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan that consists of the ABLE Program, ACES Program, and the PACT Program. In establishing this plan, it is further the intent of the Legislature to encourage timely financial planning for higher education and other qualified disability expenses.

§16-33C-3.

The following terms as used in this chapter shall have the meanings ascribed to them, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) ABLE PROGRAM. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Program established pursuant to this chapter and defined in Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law, to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life.

(2) ABLE SAVINGS ACCOUNT. An individual ABLE trust fund account established by a contributor pursuant to this chapter to apply distributions from the account toward qualified disability expenses for an eligible designated beneficiary, both terms as defined in Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law.

(3) ABLE TRUST FUND. The fiduciary trust fund established pursuant to this chapter comprised of separate and segregated ABLE savings accounts as established by savings agreements.

(4) ACES ADMINISTRATIVE FUND. The ACES Administrative Fund created in Section 16-33C-10.

(5) ACES PROGRAM. The Alabama College Education Savings Program, a qualified program established pursuant to this chapter and as defined in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law, to assist individuals and families to save funds for the purpose of meeting the qualified higher education expenses of the designated beneficiary as defined in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable law.

(6) ACES SAVINGS ACCOUNT. An individual ACES account held in the ACES Trust Fund established by a contributor pursuant to this chapter in order to apply distributions from the account toward qualified higher education expenses at eligible educational institutions for an eligible designated beneficiary, with as such terms as are defined in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law.

(7) ACES TRUST FUND. The fiduciary trust fund created in Section 16-33C-10.

(8) CONTRIBUTOR. Any person who contributes money to an ACES Program savings account or an ABLE Program savings account established pursuant to this chapter on behalf of a designated beneficiary and who is listed as the owner of the savings account.

(9) DESIGNATED BENEFICIARY. The eligible individual named as the beneficiary of an ABLE savings account, ACES savings account, or PACT contract established pursuant to this chapter.

(10) LEGISLATURE. The Legislature of Alabama.

(11) PACT ADMINISTRATIVE FUND. The PACT Administrative Fund created in subsection (c) of Section 16-33C-6.

(12) PACT BOARD. The board of directors and trustees of the PACT Trust Fund.

(13) PACT CONTRACT. A contract entered into by the board and a participant in the PACT Program.

(14) PACT PROGRAM. The Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program created in subsection (a) of Section 16-33C-6.

(15) PACT TRUST FUND. The fiduciary trust fund created in subsection (b) of Section 16-33C-6.

(16) PLAN. The Wallace-Folsom Savings Investment Plan established pursuant to this chapter that consists of the PACT Program, the ACES Program, and the ABLE Program.

(17) PURCHASER. A person who is obligated to make contract payments in accordance with a PACT contract entered into pursuant to this chapter.

(18) SAVINGS AGREEMENT. An agreement entered into between the Savings Board and a contributor establishing an ACES or ABLE savings account.

(19) SAVINGS BOARD. The Board of Directors of the ABLE Program and ACES Program, and trustees of the ABLE Trust Fund and ACES Trust Fund.

(20) STATE TREASURER. The State Treasurer of Alabama.

§16-33C-10.

(a) The ACES Program is established as one college educational savings alternative under the plan whereby contributors open ACES savings accounts according to savings agreements for the payment of qualified higher education costs expenses for a designated beneficiary at eligible educational institutions, as such terms as are defined in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law. The ACES Program includes the ACES Trust Fund, the ACES Administrative Fund, and the ACES Opportunity Enhancement Fund created pursuant to this chapter. The ACES Program may be marketed under a different name than ACES.

(b) The ACES Trust Fund is hereby created and shall be comprised of separate ACES savings accounts held in segregated accounts as established by savings agreements. Funds contributed to the ACES savings accounts established pursuant to the ACES Program are held in trust by the Savings Board for the sole benefit of the contributor and designated beneficiary. Contributions which are received by the ACES Program from any public or private source, except those which are payments of administrative fees, shall be placed in the ACES Trust Fund.

(c) The ACES Administrative Fund is hereby created as a separate fund within the State Treasurer's office for the purpose of administering the ACES Program. The ACES Administrative Fund shall accept, deposit, and disburse funds for the purpose of administering the ACES Program. All funds in the ACES Administrative Fund are hereby irrevocably pledged to the payment of the administrative costs of the ACES Program. Funds in the ACES Administrative Fund may be invested by the State Treasurer in any investment facility allowed by this chapter. Any interest and earnings from the investment of funds in the ACES Administrative Fund shall be deposited to, and become a part of, the ACES Administrative Fund for use as authorized by this chapter. All funds in the ACES Administrative Fund at the end of each fiscal year of the State of Alabama shall remain in that administrative fund and be automatically carried forward and available to be appropriated by the Alabama Legislature for the administration of the ACES Program.

(d) The State Treasurer is authorized to retain the services of one or more persons as staff members in order to implement and manage the ACES Program. Any expenses incurred shall be paid from the ACES Administrative Fund.

(e) Property and income of the ACES Trust Fund, ACES Administrative Fund, and the ACES Opportunity Enhancement Fund shall be exempt from all taxation by the state and by all of its political subdivisions.

(f) The ACES Opportunity Enhancement Fund is created as a separate fund within the State Treasurer's office for the purpose of enhancing and providing higher education opportunities and programs, as the Savings Board deems necessary and appropriate. The fund may receive contributions from individuals, private business entities, public corporations, and contractual agreements with service providers. The funds shall be utilized in the discretion and solely at the direction of the Savings Board. The amounts on deposit in the fund shall not constitute property of the state, and the state shall have no claim or interest in them.

§16-33C-25.

(a) In acquiring, investing, reinvesting, exchanging, retaining, selling, and managing property for the benefit of the ABLE Program and ACES Program, the Savings Board, and any person, investment manager or committee to whom the Savings Board delegates any of its investment authority, shall act as trustee and shall exercise the judgment and care under the circumstances then prevailing which persons of prudence, discretion, and intelligence exercise in the management of their own affairs, not in regard to speculation but to permanent disposition of funds, considering the probable income as well as the safety of their capital.

(b) No Savings Board member nor any person, investment manager or committee to whom the Savings Board delegates any of its investment authority who acts within the standard of care set forth in subsection (a) shall be held personally liable for any losses, damages, or claims suffered by the ABLE Program or ACES Program on investments made pursuant to the chapter.

(c) The assets of the ABLE Program and the ACES Program shall be preserved, invested, and expended solely pursuant to and for the purposes of this chapter and shall not be loaned or otherwise transferred or used by the State for any other purpose. A savings agreement, or any other agreement entered into by or on behalf of the ABLE Program or the ACES Program, does not constitute a debt or obligation of the state. A contributor is solely entitled to amounts on deposit in or accrued to the respective savings account.

(d) To the extent necessary to administer the ABLE Program and ACES Program or to comply with federal, state, or local tax reporting requirements, the programs shall obtain all necessary social security numbers and such other data as the Savings Board deems necessary for such purposes, whether from a contributor or from another state agency.

(e) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a contribution to, and continued investment in, an ACES savings account under the ACES Program and a contribution to, and continued investment in, an ABLE savings account under the ABLE Program for a designated beneficiary by the guardian or conservator of that designated beneficiary are permitted for all purposes under state law."

Section 2

This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 15, 2018HForwarded to Governor at 12:09 p.m. on March 15, 2018.
March 15, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-280.
March 15, 2018HClerk of the House Certification
March 15, 2018SSignature Requested
March 15, 2018SConcurred in Second House Amendment
March 15, 2018HEnrolled
March 15, 2018HJohnson (K) motion to Concur In and Adopt adopted Roll Call 802
March 15, 2018HConcurrence Requested
March 13, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 778
March 13, 2018SBlackwell motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 777
March 13, 2018SBrewbaker first Substitute Offered
March 13, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 6, 2018SBrewbaker motion to Carry Over to the Call of the Chair adopted Voice Vote
March 6, 2018SThird Reading Carried Over to Call of the Chair
February 22, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 8, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Education and Youth Affairs
February 8, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 258
February 8, 2018HThird Reading Passed
January 25, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 18, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Financial Services
2018-03-15
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-02-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed