BILL NUMBER: S2342
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend chapter 729 of the laws of 1994 relating to affecting
the health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees
of school districts and certain boards, in relation to the
effectiveness of such provisions
PURPOSE OF BILL :
To extend for one year, until May 15, 2010, the provisions of Chapter
729 of the Laws of 1994, as last amended by Chapter 43 of the Laws of
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL :
Repeals the "sunset" date of May 15, 2009, and replaces that with a
"sunset" date of May 15, 2010.
Health insurance coverage for school district retirees has been
protected from unilateral reduction since 1994 under provisions of a
law which is subject to annual renewal. The law provides that school
districts may reduce neither the level of health insurance coverage
nor their contribution toward its cost for retirees, unless the
reduction applies equally to active employees. This protects retirees
by in effect making them part of the collective bargaining process.
The law does not, however, prevent school districts from taking
cost-cutting measures, so long as these apply equally to active
employees and retirees. There has been no evidence of harm befalling
school districts over the past decade as the result of this
requirement for fair treatment of their retirees.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
See Chapter 43 of 2008, Chapter 22 of 2007, Chapter 16 of 2005,
Chapter 25 of 2004, Chapter 48 of 2003, Chapter 70 of 2002, Chapter 31
of 2001, Chapter 47 of 2000, Chapter 43 of 1999, Chapter 68 of 1998,
Chapter 80 of 1997, Chapter 83 of 1996, Chapter 139 of 1995, and
Chapter 729 of 1994.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS :
None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE :
May 15, 2009.
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