senate Bill S916

Amended

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 01 / Mar / 2011
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / Dec / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 30 / Dec / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 916A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Summary

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance from May 15, 2012 until May 15, 2013; defines public employers to include the state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S916
S916A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S380

Votes

6
3
6
Aye
3
Nay
3
aye with reservations
0
absent
0
excused
0
abstained
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BILL NUMBER:S916

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
in relation to affecting the health insurance benefits and contributions
of certain retired public employees

PURPOSE:
To protect all public employee retirees from decreases in
health insurance benefits.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill would prohibit a public employer from
diminishing the health insurance benefits or contributions provided
on behalf of retirees and their dependents unless there is a
corresponding decrease for active employees during the period between
May 15, 2011 and May 15, 2012. A public employer is defined as: (i)
the state; (ii) a county, city, town, village; (iii) a school
district, a board of cooperative educational services, vocational
education and extension board or school district; (iv) any
governmental entity operating a college or university; (v) a public
improvement or special district; (vi) a public authority, commission
or public benefit corporation; or, (vii) any other public
corporation, agency, or unit of government which exercises
governmental power.

JUSTIFICATION:
Public retirees are not represented in
the collective
bargaining process. As a result, they have no control over a public
employer's decision to decrease their health insurance benefits. The
impact of such a unilateral decision can be devastating for a retired
person living on a fixed income. The law already provides such
protection to school district retirees. It is unfair to deny the same
to all other public retirees.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009/2010- S.380 Remained in the Senate Committee on Civil Service
and Pensions.
2007/2008- S.720 Remained in the Senate Committee on Civil Service and
Pensions.
2005/2006- S.229A Remained in the Senate Committee on Civil Service
and Pensions.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately and deemed to have been in full force and
effect on and after May 15, 2011.

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

                                   916

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BRESLIN,  ADAMS,  DILAN, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON,
  KLEIN,  KRUGER,  MONTGOMERY,  OPPENHEIMER,  PARKER,  SAMPSON,  SAVINO,
  SMITH, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
  be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN  ACT  in  relation  to  affecting  the  health insurance benefits and
  contributions of certain retired public employees

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

  Section 1. From on and after May 15, 2011 until May 15, 2012, a public
employer shall be prohibited from diminishing the health insurance bene-
fits provided to retirees and their dependents or the contributions such
employer  makes  for  such  health insurance coverage below the level of
such benefits or contributions made on behalf of such retirees and their
dependents by such employer unless a corresponding diminution  of  bene-
fits  or  contributions is effected from the appropriate level as of May
15, 2011 during this period by  such  employer  from  the  corresponding
group  of  active  employees  for such retirees. For the purpose of this
act, "public employer" shall mean the following: (i) the state;  (ii)  a
county, city, town or village; (iii) a school district, board of cooper-
ative  educational services, vocational education and extension board or
a school district as enumerated in section 1 of chapter 566 of the  laws
of 1967, as amended; (iv) any governmental entity operating a college or
university;  (v) a public improvement or special district; (vi) a public
authority, commission or public benefit corporation; or (vii) any  other
public  corporation, agency, instrumentality or unit of government which
exercises governmental power under the laws of this state.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be  deemed  to
have been in full force and effect on and after May 15, 2011.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05130-01-1

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