BILL NUMBER: S2312
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to
the extension of the temporary benefits and supplementation programs
and to amend chapter 625 of the laws of 1975 amending the retirement
and social security law, relating to the extension of temporary rights
and benefits, in relation to the extension of such rights and benefits
To extend the right of public employees and public employers to
negotiate for retirement benefits not requiring the approval by act of
the Legislature. To extend for two additional years every temporary
right, privilege or retirement benefit conferred by law for a member
of a public retirement system.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
This bill extends, for a period of two years, all temporary rights,
privileges and retirement benefits conferred by any general, special
or local law with respect to members of a public retirement system.
It also extends, for a period of two years, the right of public
employers and employees to negotiate for retirement benefits (other
than those requiring approval of the legislature), without coalition
bargaining. In 1973 the Legislature determined that changes in
retirement benefits payable by a public retirement system should, in
the future, be made only by way of coalition negotiations.
Accordingly, section 470 of the Retirement and social security Law was
enacted to provide that after July 1, 1976 all negotiations between
public employers and their employees must be made in the context of
coalition bargaining. Section 470 also provided for a temporary
suspension of negotiations for improved retirement benefits. However,
since that time, there has been no further legislation implementing a
coalition bargaining plan. Accordingly, legislation has been enacted
every second year which has extended the limited right to negotiate
for benefits not requiring the approval of the Legislature. The
present extension of this right, as provided in Chapter 35 of the laws
of 2005 expires on June 30, 2005. This measure would result in a
further extension until June 30, 2009.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
Passed the Senate and Assembly unanimously, signed into Law as Chapter
27 of 2007.
FISCAL NOTE PURSUANT TO LEGISLATIVE LAW, SECTION 50 :
This bill would extend for 2 years those temporary benefits provided
by a public retirement system of the State, including the right of
members to negotiate for improved benefits not requiring approval by
an Act of the legislature. Insofar as this would affect the New York
State and Local Employees' Retirement System and the New York State
and Local police and Fire Retirement System, there would be no
increase in employer contributions over current levels for the State
of New York or the participating employers in the New York State and
Local Employees' Retirement System or the New York State and Local
police and Fire Retirement System.
EFFECTIVE DATE :