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(a) A member receiving a disability retirement allowance who elected a beneficiary annuity pursuant to Section 25018.1 with a same-sex spouse or same-sex former spouse designated as annuity beneficiary pursuant to Section 25015 may elect to change his or her annuity subject to the following:

(1) A member who elected the 100 percent beneficiary annuity or the 50 percent beneficiary annuity may elect to change his or her beneficiary annuity to the 75 percent beneficiary annuity described in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 25018.1, provided the member's same-sex spouse or same-sex former spouse is more than exactly 19 years younger than the member.

(2) (A) A member who elected the compound option described in paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 24300.1 may elect to change his or her beneficiary annuity to the 100 percent beneficiary annuity described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 25018.1, or the 75 percent beneficiary annuity described in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 25018.1, provided the member's same-sex spouse or same-sex former spouse is more than exactly 10 years younger than the member under the 100 percent beneficiary annuity, or more than exactly 19 years younger than the member under the 75 percent beneficiary annuity.

(B) Any change made pursuant to this paragraph shall be subject to the requirements and restrictions of Section 25015.

(3) The annuity change made by the member pursuant to this section is made on or after July 1, 2015, and on or before December 31, 2015.

(4) The member married a same-sex spouse, the marriage is or was recognized by the United States government, any state government, or any foreign government, and his or her same-sex spouse or same-sex former spouse was designated as his or her annuity beneficiary prior to July 1, 2015.

(5) The same-sex spouse or same-sex former spouse is a current annuity beneficiary, and the same annuity beneficiary or beneficiaries that were designated for the prior annuity elected by the member remain.

(6) The annuity beneficiary or beneficiaries have not predeceased the member as of the effective date of the annuity change made by the member pursuant to this section.

(b) The annuity change made by a member pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be deemed effective as of the effective date of the prior annuity election or June 26, 2013, whichever is later.

(c) The annuity change made by the member pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be on a properly executed form provided by the system subject to the following requirements:

(1) The form is signed and dated by the member and the member's spouse, if applicable, on or after July 1, 2015, and on or before December 31, 2015.

(2) The date the form is received at the system's headquarters office is within 30 calendar days after the date of the member's signature and within 30 calendar days after the date of the spouse's signature, if applicable.

(d) After receipt of a member's election, the system shall mail an acknowledgment notice to the member that sets forth the new annuity elected by the member.

(e) A member may cancel an annuity change made pursuant to subdivision (a) and elect to receive his or her benefit according to his or her prior annuity election provided the requirements of paragraphs (5) and (6) of subdivision (a) are still met. The cancellation shall become effective as of the date of the initial annuity change pursuant to subdivision (b) subject to the following requirements:

(1) The cancellation is made on a properly executed form provided by the system.

(2) The form includes the signatures of the member and his or her spouse, if applicable, and the signatures are dated.

(3) The form is received at the system's headquarters office within 30 calendar days after the date of the acknowledgment notice described in subdivision (d), regardless of whether the form is received after December 31, 2015.

(f) A member may cancel an initial annuity change made pursuant to subdivision (a) and elect to make one subsequent change from his or her prior annuity election to any other annuity provided by and subject to the restrictions of subdivision (a). The subsequent change shall become effective as of the date of the initial annuity change pursuant to subdivision (b) and subject to the following requirements:

(1) The cancellation and subsequent change are made on a properly executed form provided by the system.

(2) The form includes the signatures of the member and his or her spouse, if applicable, and the signatures are dated.

(3) The form is received at the system's headquarters office within 30 calendar days after the date of the acknowledgment notice described in subdivision (d), regardless of whether the form is received after December 31, 2015.

(g) If a member elects to change his or her annuity pursuant to subdivision (a) or (f), the member's annuity shall be modified in a manner determined by the board to prevent any additional liability to the plan.

(h) A member shall not change his or her annuity in derogation of a spouse's or former spouse's community property rights as specified in a court order.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 755, Sec. 72.)