senate Bill S7176

Vetoed Amended

Relates to extending the filing deadline for active and retired firefighters to file for accidental disability retirement for certain injuries

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor
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  • 01 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.801
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 7176A
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9541
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.477
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • VETOED MEMO.565

Summary

Extends the filing deadline for active and retired firefighters to file for accidental disability retirement for World trade center conditions from 2 to 5 years.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7176
S7176A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Retirement and Social Security Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง363, R & SS L

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7176

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security
law, in relation to extending the filing deadline for active and
retired firefighters to file for accidental disability retirement for
certain injuries

PURPOSE:

To extend the filing deadline from 2 years to 5 years for firefighters
in the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System to
file application for disability benefits due to certain cancers.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Paragraph 2 of subdivision a of section 363 of the retirement and
social security law is amended.

JUSTIFICATION:

The increased use of plastic and other chemical products in the last
several decades has resulted in a qualitative change in the nature of
the compounds to which firefighters are exposed to at fires.

Reports of excess cancer incidents in firefighters, compared to the
average adult population, include mouth and throat cancer, intestinal
and rectal cancer, colon, lung and lymphatic cancer and excess total
cancer and leukemia deaths.

This increase in cancer is due to the proliferation of synthetic
chemicals resulting in firefighters exposure in increasing numbers and
quantities of chemical carcinogens in the products of combustion and
off-gassed materials from plastics and other synthetic substances at
fires.

It has become evident that often times various cancers as a result of
the aforementioned exposures are riot immediately obvious and/or
diagnosed. Accordingly, it is necessary to extend the filing period
for cancers experienced by firefighters from the present two year time
period after normal retirement to a five year period.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

See fiscal note.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7176

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- 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
  extending  the  filing deadline for active and retired firefighters to
  file for accidental disability retirement for certain injuries

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

  Section  1. Paragraph 2 of subdivision a of section 363 of the retire-
ment and social security law, as amended by chapter 489 of the  laws  of
2008, is amended to read as follows:
  2. Actually in service upon which his membership is based. However, in
a  case  where  a  member is discontinued from service subsequent to the
accident, either voluntarily or involuntarily,  and  provided  that  the
member  meets  the  requirements  of  paragraph one of this subdivision,
application may be made, either (a) by a vested member incapacitated  as
the  result  of  a qualifying World Trade Center condition as defined in
section two of this chapter at any time, or (b) not later than two years
after the member is first discontinued from service.  PROVIDED, FURTHER,
HOWEVER, THAT IN THE CASE OF AN APPLICATION FILED FOR  ACCIDENTAL  DISA-
BILITY  BENEFITS PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE-D OF THIS
TITLE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING FOR SUCH BENEFIT SHALL BE FIVE YEARS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and apply to all  applica-
tions filed on or after such effective date.
  FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant To Legislative Law, Section 50:
  This bill would extend the filing deadline from 2 years to 5 years for
active  and  retired firefighters in the New York State and Local Police
and Fire Retirement System to file an application for  accidental  disa-
bility retirement due to certain cancers.
  If this bill is enacted, the cost would depend on age, service, salary
and  plan  of  the affected firefighters, as well as whether such person
would have otherwise been eligible for, or has been receiving  an  ordi-
nary  disability,  a performance of duty disability or a service retire-
ment.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14926-01-4

S. 7176                             2

  For those who apply for this benefit subsequent to a  service  retire-
ment,  it is estimated that there would be an average per person cost of
approximately 1.5 times final average salary. For those who apply subse-
quent to a performance of duty retirement, it is  estimated  that  there
would be an average per person cost of approximately 2 times final aver-
age  salary.  For  those  who apply subsequent to an ordinary disability
retirement, it is estimated that there would be an  average  per  person
cost  of  approximately  4  times  final  average  salary. The number of
members of retirees who could be affected by this legislation cannot  be
readily  determined. These costs would be borne by the State of New York
and all the participating employers in the  New  York  State  and  Local
Police and Fire Retirement System.
  Summary of relevant resources:
  The  membership  data  used  in  measuring  the impact of the proposed
change was the same as that used in the March 31, 2013  actuarial  valu-
ation.    Distributions  and  other  statistics can be found in the 2013
Report of the  Actuary  and  the  2013  Comprehensive  Annual  Financial
Report.
  The  actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2010,
2011, 2012 and 2013  Annual  Report  to  the  Comptroller  on  Actuarial
Assumptions,  and  the  Codes  Rules and Regulations of the State of New
York: Audit and Control.
  The Market Assets and GASB Disclosures are found in the March 31, 2013
New York State and Local  Retirement  System  Financial  Statements  and
Supplementary Information.
  I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali-
fication   Standards  to  render  the  statement  of  actuarial  opinion
contained herein.
  This estimate, dated April 14, 2014, and intended for use only  during
the  2014  Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2014-118, prepared by
the Actuary for the New York State and Local Police and Fire  Retirement
System.

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