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senate Bill S4515
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4515 - Details
S4515 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4515 TITLE OF BILL: An act prohibiting public employers from diminishing the health insurance benefits and contributions of retired public employees in the New York state and local employees' retirement system PURPOSE OF BILL: To protect the health insurance benefits of State and local public government retirees and their dependents. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL: This bill would provide that governmental employers would be prohibited from providing retired members of the New York State and Local Employee Retirement System and their dependents a diminished level of health insurance benefits than the level of such benefits provided to corresponding active public employees. The bill would apply only to retired members of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System and their dependents. Collective bargaining agreements would take precedence over this prohibition and there would be no requirement that governmental entities offer health insurance benefits if they are not currently provided. EXISTING LAW:
S4515 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4515 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E April 8, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance AN ACT prohibiting public employers from diminishing the health insur- ance benefits and contributions of retired public employees in the New York state and local employees' retirement system THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. On and after the effective date of this act, a public employer shall be prohibited from diminishing the health insurance bene- fits provided to public employee 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 benefits or contributions is effected from the level of benefits or contributions provided to a corresponding group of active employees for such retirees. S 2. For purposes of this act, "public employee retirees and their dependents" shall mean retired members and dependents of the New York state and local employees' retirement system. S 3. For purposes of this act, "public employer" shall mean the following: (i) the state; (ii) a county, city, town or village; (iii) any governmental entity operating a college or university; (iv) a public improvement or special district; (v) a public authority, commission or public benefit corporation; or (vi) any other public corporation, agen- cy, instrumentality or unit of government which exercises governmental power under the laws of this state. S 4. Nothing contained in this act shall supersede or diminish the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. S 5. Nothing contained in this act shall require a public employer which does not provide health insurance benefits to retirees and their dependents as of the effective date of this act to offer such benefits. S 6. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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