senate Bill S1165

Provides that the salaries of county, family and surrogate's court judges shall be the same as that of justices of the supreme court; repealer

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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Summary

Provides that the salaries of county, family and surrogate's court judges shall be the same as that of justices of the supreme court.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1165
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §221-b, rpld §§221-d, 221-e & 221-f, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1442
2009-2010: S635

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BILL NUMBER:S1165

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the judiciary law, in relation to salaries of county
court,
family court and surrogate's court judges, and repealing certain
provisions of
such law relating thereto

PURPOSE:
This bill would eliminate the various pay scales and provide that all
trial judges, at the county and supreme court level, receive the same
salary.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 221-b states that the salary of justices of the supreme court
and judges of the county, family, and surrogate courts shall be the
same.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation would eliminate the judicial pay disparities that
exist in New York State. There is no other state that has such a
fractured and irrational compensation plan. For example, New York is
the only state that pays its felony trial judges less than its civil
court judges and New York is one of only a few states that pays its
family court judges less then its civil court judges. Currently,
supreme court judges are paid the same in New York regardless of
their location; yet this is not true for family, county and surrogate
court judges. One argument often made against pay equity for judges
is the cost of living differences between jurisdictions. However, all
Senators and Assembly members are paid the same regardless of their
district location. It is the intent of this bill to bring to light
judicial any disparities and provide a meaningful solution.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011/2012 - S.1442 Remained in the Committee on Judiciary
2009/2010 - S.635/A.1689 Remained in the Committees on Judiciary
2007/2008 - S.801/A.1410 Remained in the Committees on Judiciary
2005/2006 - S.547/A.678 Remained in the Committees on Judiciary

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
It is estimated that this will cost approximately $3 million per year.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                  1165

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BRESLIN,  ADAMS, SAMPSON, SMITH -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Judiciary

AN  ACT  to  amend  the judiciary law, in relation to salaries of county
  court, family  court  and  surrogate's  court  judges,  and  repealing
  certain provisions of such law relating thereto

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

  Section 1. Section 221-b of the judiciary law, as added by chapter 630
of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  S 221-b. Salary of justices of the supreme court  AND  JUDGES  OF  THE
COUNTY,  FAMILY AND SURROGATE COURTS.  The annual salary of a justice of
the supreme court AND EACH JUDGE OF A  COUNTY,  FAMILY  AND  SURROGATE'S
COURT SHALL BE THE SAME AND shall be as follows:
Justice AND JUDGE      136,700
  S  2.  Sections  221-d,  221-e,  and  221-f  of  the judiciary law are
REPEALED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of April next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01805-01-3

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