senate Bill S4945

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits payment of bonuses to employees and board members of state or local authorities

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
Jun 21, 2013 committed to rules
Jun 10, 2013 advanced to third reading
Jun 05, 2013 2nd report cal.
Jun 04, 2013 1st report cal.1107
May 01, 2013 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions

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Jun 4, 2013 - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions committee Vote

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S4945 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5587
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2854, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A5888B

S4945 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits payment of bonuses to employees and board members of state and local authorities.

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BILL NUMBER:S4945

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to prohibiting bonuses for employees of state or local
authorities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to remove
the ability of state or local authorities to pay bonuses.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One adds a section 2854 of the
Public Authorities Law that will now limit compensation paid to those
employed by or on behalf of a state or local authority to that which
is comparable to benefits provided to civil service employees.
Compensation beyond that will only be allowed pursuant to a written
agreement with performance goals and ratified by the local authority's
board before the performance is rendered. Furthermore, no member of
the board of a state or local authority may receive a bonus of any
kind.

Section Two adds the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Officers and employees of these local authorities are
public servants who are properly compensated for doing their job. It
is inappropriate to provide rewards for doing the job for which they
are required to perform.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This combines A5888a and A353c of 2011.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Instead this bill would be a cost savings.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4945

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Author-
  ities and Commissions

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation  to  prohibiting
  bonuses for employees of state or local authorities

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

  Section 1. The public authorities law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 2854 to read as follows:
  S  2854. PROHIBITION ON PAYMENT OF BONUSES AT STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORI-
TIES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW, COMPENSATION PAID OR  OTHER-
WISE  PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS EMPLOYED BY OR ON BEHALF OF STATE OR LOCAL
AUTHORITIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS COMPARABLE  TO
THOSE  BENEFITS PROVIDED TO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES, AND, IF APPLICABLE,
REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES. NO BONUS OF ANY NATURE SHALL BE PAID  TO  ANY
INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYED BY OR ON BEHALF OF A STATE OR LOCAL AUTHORITY UNLESS
THE  BONUS  IS  PAID  PURSUANT  TO  A WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH PERFORMANCE
GOALS, EXECUTED AND RATIFIED BY THE BOARD OF THE STATE OR LOCAL AUTHORI-
TY BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE IS RENDERED. PRIOR TO AWARDING  THE  BONUS,  A
WRITTEN  EVALUATION  OF  THE  PERFORMANCE RENDERED, IN COMPARISON TO THE
PREDETERMINED PERFORMANCE GOALS, SHALL BE  RATIFIED  BY  THE  BOARD  AND
RECORDED  IN  THE BOARD MINUTES. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL SUPERSEDE
ANY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO PRIOR TO THE  EFFECTIVE
DATE  OF THIS SECTION. IN NO EVENT SHALL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF A STATE
OR LOCAL AUTHORITY RECEIVE A BONUS OF  ANY  NATURE.    NOTHING  IN  THIS
SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE PAYMENT OF AFTER THE FACT BONUS-
ES  OR  PAYMENTS FOR PERFORMANCE ALREADY RENDERED AND FULLY COMPENSATED,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A RETROACTIVE  PAY  INCREASE  OR  INCENTIVE
PAYMENT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09453-01-3

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