senate Bill S1158

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to civil service and pensions
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S1158 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S916A
2009-2010: S380

S1158 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance from May 15, 2013 until May 15, 2014; defines public employers to include the state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions.

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BILL NUMBER:S1158 REVISED 1/8/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to affecting the health insurance
benefits and contributions of certain retired public employees

PURPOSE: To protect all public employee retirees from decreases in
health insurance benefits.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would prohibit a public employer from
diminishing the health insurance benefits or contributions provided on
behalf of retirees and their dependents unless there is a
corresponding decrease for active employees during the period between
May 15, 2013 and May 15, 2014. A public employer is defined as: (i)
the state; (ii) a county, city, town, village; (iii) a school
district, a board of cooperative educational services, vocational
education and extension board or school district; (iv) any
governmental entity operating a college or university; (v) a public
improvement or special district; (vi) a public authority, commission
or public benefit corporation; or, (vii) any other public corporation,
agency, or unit of government which exercises governmental power.

JUSTIFICATION: Public retirees are not represented in the collective
bargaining process. As a result, they have no control over a public
employer's decision to decrease their health insurance benefits. The
impact of such a unilateral decision can be devastating for a retired
person living on a fixed income. The law already provides such
protection to school district retirees. It is unfair to deny the same
to all other public retirees.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.916A Remained in the Senate Committee
on Civil Service & Pension
2009-10: S.380 Remained in Senate Committee on Civil Service &
Pensions
2007-08: S.720 Remained in Senate Committee on Civil Service &
Pensions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately and deemed to have been in full force and
effect on and after May 15, 2013.

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

                                  1158

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BRESLIN,  ADAMS,  DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KLEIN,
  MONTGOMERY, PARKER, SAMPSON, SAVINO, SMITH, STAVISKY -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Civil Service and Pensions

AN  ACT  in  relation  to  affecting  the  health insurance benefits and
  contributions of certain retired public employees

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

  Section 1. From on and after May 15, 2013 until May 15, 2014, a public
employer shall be prohibited from diminishing the health insurance bene-
fits provided to 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  bene-
fits  or  contributions is effected from the appropriate level as of May
15, 2013 during this period by  such  employer  from  the  corresponding
group  of  active  employees  for such retirees. For the purpose of this
act, "public employer" shall mean the following: (i) the state;  (ii)  a
county, city, town or village; (iii) a school district, board of cooper-
ative  educational services, vocational education and extension board or
a school district as enumerated in section 1 of chapter 566 of the  laws
of 1967, as amended; (iv) any governmental entity operating a college or
university;  (v) a public improvement or special district; (vi) a public
authority, commission or public benefit corporation; or (vii) any  other
public  corporation, agency, instrumentality or unit of government which
exercises governmental power under the laws of this state.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be  deemed  to
have been in full force and effect on and after May 15, 2013.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01549-01-3

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