senate Bill S2343

Amended

Increases certain special accidental death benefits for surviving spouses and children of certain police and fire personnel

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 18 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 24 / Feb / 2009
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / May / 2009
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 04 / May / 2009
    • PRINT NUMBER 2343A
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.897
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A4905A

Summary

Increases the salary used in the computation of the special accidental death benefit in cases where the date of death was before 2009; applies to surviving spouse and child benefits of certain police and fire personnel.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2343
S2343A
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2343

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the general municipal law and the retirement and
social security law, in relation to increasing certain special
accidental death benefits


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :

This legislation extends the escalation of a cost of living increase
of approximately 3% for all line-of-duty widows or widowers for fiscal
year 2009-10.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

This bill amends subdivision c of section 208-f of the General
Municipal Law as amended by Chapter 76 of the Laws of 2008 and
subdivision c of section 361-a of the Retirement and Social Security
Law, as amended by Chapter 76 of the Laws of 2008.

JUSTIFICATION :

Since 1978, the Legislature has passed and the Governor signed into
law a cost of living increase and a one-year escalation for all New
York State widows and widowers of police officers and firefighters
killed in the line-of-duty. The intent of the original 1978 law was to
increase their benefits to an amount that would reflect the impact of
inflation. However, the law did not provide for any new cost of living
increase after July 1, 1979.

Since that date, the cost of living has increased well over 3% each
year, including some periods of double-digit inflation. These same
widows and widowers are no longer receiving adequate benefits. This
legislation does not totally cover the present inflation spiral, but
it at least provides some increased relief to the widows and widowers
of New York State's bravest citizens, who gave their lives in service
to the people of New York State. In the past, these brave families
have faced a poverty stricken existence. This legislation would
prevent the return of that deplorable state of affairs.

As with previous legislation, there is no cost to the localities, as
the state would reimburse them for this small increase.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

1996-- S.6360/A.9326 Chapter
1997-- S.4243/A.7546 Chapter 174
1998-- S.630/A.9487-A Chapter 31
1999-- S.3158-B/A.5942-B Chapter 132
2000-- A.9895/S.6866-A Chapter 231
2001-- A.6606A/S.3297A Chapter 264
2002-- A.11090/S.7263 Chapter 313
2003-- A.5435/S.3903 Chapter 139
2004-- A.10193-C/S.6579-C Chapter 351
2005-- A.5217/S.3971-C Chapter 48
2006-- A.10334/S.6744 Chapter 88
2007-- A.5658/S.2492 Chapter 39
2008-- A.9666/S.6733 Chapter 76

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Insofar as this bill would amend the Retirement and Social Security
law, it is estimated that there would be an additional annual cost of
approximately $322,000 above the approximately $7.1 million current
annual cost of this benefit. This cost would be shared by the State of
New York and all participating employers of the New York State and
Local police and Fire Retirement System.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.
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