senate Bill S1031A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Establishes a temporary task force on the variable supplements fund program

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Civil Service And Pensions Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to civil service and pensions
Jun 05, 2015 print number 1031a
Jun 05, 2015 amend and recommit to civil service and pensions
Jan 08, 2015 referred to civil service and pensions

Co-Sponsors

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S1031 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7322
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S5909
2017-2018: S1424, A480
2019-2020: S3107, A6020
2021-2022: S2681, A3716

S1031 - Summary

Establishes a temporary task force on the variable supplements fund program to make findings and recommendations.

S1031 - Sponsor Memo

S1031 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1031

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 8, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO, BOYLE, LAVALLE, MARTINS, SAVINO --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT establishing a temporary task force on variable supplements fund

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

  Section 1. Legislative intent. The  variable  supplements  fund  (VSF)
program was enacted in 1970 to provide supplementation to the retirement
allowance  of  New  York city police and fire retirement system members.
Since the enactment of the legislation  establishing  the  VSF  program,
much controversy has been generated by the exclusion of disability reti-
rees  from  eligibility  for the benefit. Although a small number of New
York city disability retirees were permitted to receive VSF supplementa-
tion benefits as a result of technical correction  legislation  approved
during  previous  years, the lack of clarity in defining VSF eligibility
and the continued exclusion of most disabled firefighters  from  receipt
of  this  benefit has been a cause of much frustration and confusion for
disability pensioners.
  While it is recognized that any amendment  to  the  VSF  will  require
careful  study  and  consideration  of the issues involved, the legisla-
ture's interest in ensuring fairness  and  equity  demand  such  review.
Because  the legislature does not accept this responsibility lightly, it
hereby declares that the establishment of a temporary task force, to  be
known  as  the temporary task force on the variable supplements fund, is
both warranted and required.
  S 2. 1. A temporary task force, to be  known  as  the  temporary  task
force on the variable supplements fund, is hereby created to examine and
investigate  such  issues  as are related to the exclusion of disability
pensioners from the VSF.
  2. The temporary task force shall have the power to:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02061-01-5

Co-Sponsors

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S1031A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7322
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Retirement
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S5909
2017-2018: S1424, A480
2019-2020: S3107, A6020
2021-2022: S2681, A3716

S1031A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a temporary task force on the variable supplements fund program to make findings and recommendations.

S1031A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1031A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 1031--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 8, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  AVELLA, ADDABBO, BOYLE, CROCI, FLANAGAN, LAVALLE,
  MARCHIONE, MARTINS, SAVINO,  STAVISKY,  VENDITTO  --  read  twice  and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Civil Service and Pensions  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT establishing a temporary task force on variable supplements fund

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

  Section 1. Legislative intent. The  variable  supplements  fund  (VSF)
program was enacted in 1970 to provide supplementation to the retirement
allowance  of  New  York city police and fire retirement system members.
Since the enactment of the legislation  establishing  the  VSF  program,
much controversy has been generated by the exclusion of disability reti-
rees  from  eligibility  for the benefit. Although a small number of New
York city disability retirees were permitted to receive VSF supplementa-
tion benefits as a result of technical correction  legislation  approved
during  previous  years, the lack of clarity in defining VSF eligibility
and the continued exclusion of most disabled firefighters  from  receipt
of  this  benefit has been a cause of much frustration and confusion for
disability pensioners.
  While it is recognized that any amendment  to  the  VSF  will  require
careful  study  and  consideration  of the issues involved, the legisla-
ture's interest in ensuring fairness  and  equity  demand  such  review.
Because  the legislature does not accept this responsibility lightly, it
hereby declares that the establishment of a temporary task force, to  be
known  as  the temporary task force on the variable supplements fund, is
both warranted and required.
  S 2. 1. A temporary task force, to be  known  as  the  temporary  task
force on the variable supplements fund, is hereby created to examine and
investigate  such  issues  as are related to the exclusion of disability
pensioners from the VSF.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02061-02-5

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