senate Bill S2342

Signed By Governor
2009-2010 Legislative Session

Relates to extending certain provisions of chapter 729 of 1994 relating to health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees of school districts

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 12, 2009 signed chap.30
Apr 30, 2009 delivered to governor
Apr 20, 2009 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.324
substituted for a4628
Mar 18, 2009 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 12, 2009 advanced to third reading
Mar 11, 2009 2nd report cal.
Mar 10, 2009 1st report cal.104
Feb 18, 2009 referred to civil service and pensions

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S2342 - Bill Details

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A4628
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S2342 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S2342

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend chapter 729 of the laws of 1994 relating to affecting
the health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees
of school districts and certain boards, in relation to the
effectiveness of such provisions


PURPOSE OF BILL :
To extend for one year, until May 15, 2010, the provisions of Chapter
729 of the Laws of 1994, as last amended by Chapter 43 of the Laws of
2008.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL :
Repeals the "sunset" date of May 15, 2009, and replaces that with a
"sunset" date of May 15, 2010.

JUSTIFICATION :
Health insurance coverage for school district retirees has been
protected from unilateral reduction since 1994 under provisions of a
law which is subject to annual renewal. The law provides that school
districts may reduce neither the level of health insurance coverage
nor their contribution toward its cost for retirees, unless the
reduction applies equally to active employees. This protects retirees
by in effect making them part of the collective bargaining process.
The law does not, however, prevent school districts from taking
cost-cutting measures, so long as these apply equally to active
employees and retirees. There has been no evidence of harm befalling
school districts over the past decade as the result of this
requirement for fair treatment of their retirees.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
See Chapter 43 of 2008, Chapter 22 of 2007, Chapter 16 of 2005,
Chapter 25 of 2004, Chapter 48 of 2003, Chapter 70 of 2002, Chapter 31
of 2001, Chapter 47 of 2000, Chapter 43 of 1999, Chapter 68 of 1998,
Chapter 80 of 1997, Chapter 83 of 1996, Chapter 139 of 1995, and
Chapter 729 of 1994.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
May 15, 2009.
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