Relates to extending certain provisions of chapter 729 of 1994 relating to health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees of school districts until 2010.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Monserrate, Montgomery, Morahan, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
BILL NUMBER: S2342
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend chapter 729 of the laws of 1994 relating to affecting the health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees of school districts and certain boards, in relation to the effectiveness of such provisions
PURPOSE OF BILL : To extend for one year, until May 15, 2010, the provisions of Chapter 729 of the Laws of 1994, as last amended by Chapter 43 of the Laws of 2008.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL : Repeals the "sunset" date of May 15, 2009, and replaces that with a "sunset" date of May 15, 2010.
JUSTIFICATION : Health insurance coverage for school district retirees has been protected from unilateral reduction since 1994 under provisions of a law which is subject to annual renewal. The law provides that school districts may reduce neither the level of health insurance coverage nor their contribution toward its cost for retirees, unless the reduction applies equally to active employees. This protects retirees by in effect making them part of the collective bargaining process. The law does not, however, prevent school districts from taking cost-cutting measures, so long as these apply equally to active employees and retirees. There has been no evidence of harm befalling school districts over the past decade as the result of this requirement for fair treatment of their retirees.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : See Chapter 43 of 2008, Chapter 22 of 2007, Chapter 16 of 2005, Chapter 25 of 2004, Chapter 48 of 2003, Chapter 70 of 2002, Chapter 31 of 2001, Chapter 47 of 2000, Chapter 43 of 1999, Chapter 68 of 1998, Chapter 80 of 1997, Chapter 83 of 1996, Chapter 139 of 1995, and Chapter 729 of 1994.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS : None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE : May 15, 2009.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2342 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 18, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend chapter 729 of the laws of 1994 relating to affecting the health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees of school districts and certain boards, in relation to the effective- ness of such provisions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1 of chapter 729 of the laws of 1994 relating to affecting the health insurance benefits and contributions of retired employees of school districts and certain boards, as amended by chapter 43 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: Section 1. From on and after June 30, 1994 until May 15,
2010, a school district, board of cooperative 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, shall be prohibited from diminishing the health insurance benefits provided to retirees and their dependents or the contributions such board or district 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 district or board unless a corresponding diminution of benefits or contributions is effected from the present level during this period by such district or board from the corresponding group of active employees for such retirees. S 2. This act shall take effect May 15, 2009; provided, however, if this act shall become a law after such date it shall take effect imme- diately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after May 15, 2009.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04075-01-9