senate Bill S3854

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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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 08, 2020 referred to civil service and pensions
Jun 20, 2019 committed to rules
Mar 25, 2019 advanced to third reading
Mar 20, 2019 2nd report cal.
Mar 19, 2019 1st report cal.314
Feb 20, 2019 referred to civil service and pensions


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Mar 19, 2019 - Civil Service and Pensions committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
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Civil Service and Pensions Committee Vote: Mar 19, 2019


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S3854 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S5543, A7060
2011-2012: S4371, A2007
2013-2014: S3627, A902
2015-2016: S3320, A3539
2017-2018: S8220, A5455
2021-2022: S5030
2023-2024: S4191

S3854 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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.

S3854 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3854 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 20, 2019

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT to prohibit public employers from diminishing the  health  insur-
  ance benefits and contributions of certain retired public employees


  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, who retired before, on or after the effective
date of this act, and their dependents or the contributions such employ-
er  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 retiree's date of retirement.  For
the purpose 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  including  police  or  fire  districts;  (v) a public
authority, commission or public benefit corporation; or (vi)  any  other
public  corporation, agency, instrumentality or unit of government which
exercises governmental power under the laws of this  state.    The  term
public  employer shall not include any school district, board of cooper-
ative educational services, or vocational education and extension board.
  § 2. Nothing contained in this act shall  supersede  or  diminish  the
terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
  §  3. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one of this act to the
contrary, a public employer shall be  prohibited  from  diminishing  the
health  insurance  benefits  provided  to  retirees who retire after the
effective date of this act from positions not subject  to  a  collective
bargaining  agreement  and  their  dependents, or the contributions such
employer makes for such health insurance coverage, below  the  level  of

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


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