senate Bill S5381

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of certain public employee retirees

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May 28, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to civil service and pensions
May 16, 2013 referred to civil service and pensions

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May 28, 2014 - Civil Service and Pensions committee Vote

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S5381 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6580
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A9923

S5381 - 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; defines employers to include the state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions.

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BILL NUMBER:S5381

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

PURPOSE:

This bill would ensure that the health insurance coverage for certain
retired firefighters, police officers, and their dependents are
maintained.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one provides that the level of health insurance benefits, and
the employer contributions made toward such health insurance, for
certain retired firefighters, police officers, and their dependents
shall not be diminished below the benefits. and contributions in place
as of May 1, 2008.

Section two provides that a collective bargaining agreement may grant
a higher level of protection.

Section three is the effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

No current law protects the health insurance benefits of retired
firefighters and police officers.

JUSTIFICATION:

Our firefighters and police officers are acknowledged as true heroes
who place themselves in danger to protect their fellow citizens. Part
of society's obligation to our firefighters and police officers should
be to assure them of adequate health insurance, both during their
working years and into retirement. Although some other retirees, such
as retirees from school districts and BOCES, are afforded health
insurance protection by statute (see Chapter 729, Laws of 1994, as
amended), there is no statutory protection for firefighters and police
officers. This bill would correct that omission.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

No new costs to state government. This legislation simply continues
the benefits and employer contributions being made as of May 1, 2008.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  5381

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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. On and after the effective  date  of  this  act,  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 as of the effective date of this act.    For
the purpose of this act, (1) "public employer" shall mean the following:
(i)  the  state;  (ii)  a  county, city, town or village; (iii) a school
district, board of cooperative educational services,  vocational  educa-
tion 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  including  police  or  fire  districts; (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;  and  (2)
"retiree"  shall  mean  a retiree of the New York state and local police
and fire retirement system or the New York state  and  local  employees'
retirement  system  who retires from police service or fire service that
qualifies under subdivision 11 of section  302  of  the  retirement  and
social  security  law  or a retiree of the New York city fire department
pension fund who was represented by the collective  bargaining  unit  of
Local 854, I.A.F.F.
  S  2.  Nothing  contained  in this act shall supersede or diminish the
terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08917-01-3

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