senate Bill S3291

Allows military service credit for retirement to all honorably discharged veterans

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  • 15 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Summary

Allows military service credit for retirement to all honorably discharged veterans; removes "time of war" requirement.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3291
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Retirement and Social Security Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1000, R & SS L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4076A

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BILL NUMBER:S3291

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the retirement and social security law, in
relation to allowing military service credit for retirement for all
honorably discharged veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The bill would allow military service credit for retirement to all
honorably discharged veterans.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would permit all active members of a public retirement
system, who have earned an honorable discharge, to purchase service
credit not to exceed three years for their military service; require
the persons claiming military credit to pay 3% of the person's
compensation earned in the 12 months immediately preceding an
application for such credit for each year of military service credit
claimed and permit the payment to be made over a period of time equal
to the amount of service credit claimed.

JUSTIFICATION:
The citizens of our state owe a debt of gratitude to all people who
actively served in the military and were ready at any time to serve
in combat if called upon. This bill eliminates the distinction
between those who actually served and those who were ready to serve.
This bill recognizes the importance of active military service to
keep our country always in the position to enter into combat if
necessary. This bill says thanks to the military service people who
took the time out of their careers to train and be there if ever our
country was called upon to defend our precious freedom or to be there
for other countries in pursuit of their freedom.

Currently only a person who served 'in the military during military
conflicts is able to purchase service credit in the public retirement
systems of the state for his/her period of military service not
exceed three years at a rate of 3% per year as outlined in Chapter
548 of the Laws of 2000.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S4076A:
04/09/09 Referred to Civil Service and Pensions
05/20/09 Amend and Recommit to Civil Service and Pensions
05/20/09 Print Number 4076A
01/06/10 Referred to Civil Service and Pensions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Fiscal notes are attached to the legislation.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  3291

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 15, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in  relation  to
  allowing  military  service  credit  for  retirement for all honorably
  discharged veterans

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 1000 of the retirement and social security law, as
added by chapter 548 of the laws of 2000 and subdivision 9 as  added  by
chapter 547 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  S  1000.  Military  service  credit.  Notwithstanding  any  law to the
contrary, a member of a  public  retirement  system  of  the  state,  as
defined  in subdivision twenty-three of section five hundred one of this
chapter, shall be eligible for credit for military service as hereinaft-
er provided:
  1. A member, upon application to such retirement system, may obtain  a
total  not to exceed three years of service credit for up to three years
of military duty, as defined in section two hundred forty-three  of  the
military  law,  if the member was honorably discharged from the military
[and all or part of  such  military  service  was  rendered  during  the
following  periods:  (a)  commencing  December seventh, nineteen hundred
forty-one  and  terminating  December  thirty-first,  nineteen   hundred
forty-six;  (b)  commencing  June twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred fifty
and terminating January thirty-first, nineteen  hundred  fifty-five;  or
(c)  commencing  February  twenty-eighth, nineteen hundred sixty-one and
terminating May seventh, nineteen hundred seventy-five;
  2. A member, upon application to such retirement system, may obtain  a
total  not to exceed three years of service credit for up to three years
of military duty, as defined in section two hundred forty-three  of  the
military  law, if honorably discharged therefrom, if all or part of such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07878-01-1

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services was rendered in the military  conflicts  referenced  below,  as
follows:
  (a)  hostilities  participated in by the military forces of the United
States in Lebanon, from the first day of June, nineteen hundred  eighty-
three  to  the  first day of December, nineteen hundred eighty-seven, as
established by receipt of the armed forces expeditionary medal, the navy
expeditionary medal, or the marine corps expeditionary medal;
  (b) hostilities participated in by the military forces of  the  United
States  in  Grenada,  from  the  twenty-third  day  of October, nineteen
hundred eighty-three to  the  twenty-first  day  of  November,  nineteen
hundred  eighty-three,  as  established  by  receipt of the armed forces
expeditionary medal, the navy expeditionary medal, or the  marine  corps
expeditionary medal;
  (c)  hostilities  participated in by the military forces of the United
States in Panama, from the twentieth day of December,  nineteen  hundred
eighty-nine to the thirty-first day of January, nineteen hundred ninety,
as  established  by receipt of the armed forces expeditionary medal, the
navy expeditionary medal, or the marine corps expeditionary medal; or
  (d) hostilities participated in by the military forces of  the  United
States,  from  the second day of August, nineteen hundred ninety, to the
end of such hostilities in case of a veteran who served in  the  theater
of  operations including Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the
United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden,  the  Gulf  of  Oman,  the
Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations].
  [3.]  2.  A  member  must have at least five years of credited service
(not including service granted hereunder)  to  be  eligible  to  receive
credit under this section.
  [4.]  3.  To  obtain  such  credit, a member shall pay such retirement
system, for deposit in the fund used  to  accumulate  employer  contrib-
utions,  a  sum  equal to the product of the number of years of military
service being claimed and three percent of  such  member's  compensation
earned  during the twelve months of credited service immediately preced-
ing the date that the member made application  for  credit  pursuant  to
this  section.  If  permitted  by  rule  or regulation of the applicable
retirement system, the member may  pay  such  member  costs  by  payroll
deduction  for  a period which shall not exceed the time period of mili-
tary service to be credited pursuant to this section. In the  event  the
member leaves the employer payroll prior to completion of payment, he or
she  shall  forward  all  remaining required payments to the appropriate
retirement system prior to the effective date of retirement. If the full
amount of such member costs is not paid to  the  appropriate  retirement
system  prior to the member's retirement, the amount of service credited
shall be proportional to the total amount of the payments made prior  to
retirement.
  [5.] 4. In no event shall the credit granted pursuant to this section,
when  added  to  credit granted for military service with any retirement
system of this state pursuant to this or any  other  provision  of  law,
exceed a total of three years.
  [6.]  5.  To  be eligible to receive credit for military service under
this section, a member must make application for such credit before  the
effective  date of retirement. [Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions
of this subdivision, an individual who  retired  on  or  after  December
twenty-first,  nineteen  hundred  ninety-eight  and before the effective
date of this section may make application for credit  pursuant  to  this
section within one year following the effective date of this section, in

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which  event, the cost to the retiree would be based on the twelve month
period immediately preceding retirement.
  7.]  6.  All  costs  for service credited to a member pursuant to this
section, other than the member costs set forth  in  subdivision  [three]
TWO  of this section, shall be paid by the state and all employers which
participate in the retirement system in which  such  member  is  granted
credit.
  [8.] 7. A member who has purchased military service credit pursuant to
section  two  hundred forty-four-a of the military law shall be entitled
to a refund of the difference between the amount paid by the member  for
such  purchase  and the amount that would be payable if service had been
purchased pursuant to this section.
  [9.] 8. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in  the  event  of
death  prior  to retirement, amounts paid by the member for the purchase
of military service credit pursuant to this section shall  be  refunded,
with  interest,  to  the extent the military service purchased with such
amounts does not produce a greater death benefit than  would  have  been
payable had the member not purchased such credit.
  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision of law, in the event of retire-
ment, amounts paid by the member for the purchase  of  military  service
credit pursuant to this section shall be refunded, with interest, to the
extent the military service purchased with such amounts does not produce
a  greater  retirement  allowance  than  would have been payable had the
member not purchased such credit.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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