Relates to impairments of health, presumption and staph/MRSA.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Espaillat, Hassell-Thomps, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to impairments of health, presumption and staph/MRSA
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill intends to provide to police officers and firefighters a proper pension in case of employment related disabilities associated with MRSA.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would provide a 75% accidental disability benefit for police officers and firefighters provide the assumption that methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus was contracted in the line of duty.
EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAN WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Presently, police officers' and firefighters who suffer employment related disabilities such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, or HIV are able to receive a three quarters accidental disability benefit. This legislation would extend such a benefit to those police officers and firefighters who contract methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.
JUSTIFICATION: Due to the increased exposure which police officers and firefighters have to those individuals who have methicillin resist--ant staphylococcus aureus and to protect the families of those police officers and firefighters who are so exposed, a presumption that the individual is disabled from the performance of duties is warranted. The retirement system has the burden of proving otherwise. This legislation would deem such exposure as an accident so that the member would be, eligible for three-quarters of their final average salary. There can be no dispute that such protection is more than warranted.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10927A of 2008 A.6373 (A) of 2009,2010 S.7209 of 2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: See fiscal note.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3785--B 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- 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 -- recommitted to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to impairments of health, presumption and staph/MRSA THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The retirement and social security law is amended by adding a new section 363-ddd to read as follows: S 363-DDD. IMPAIRMENTS OF HEALTH; PRESUMPTION; STAPH/MRSA. NOTWITH- STANDING ANY PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER OR OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY POLICE OFFICER OR FIREFIGHTER WHO IS COVERED BY THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE OF THIS TITLE AND WHO CONTRACTS METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA) OR STAPH/MRSA WILL BE PRESUMED TO HAVE CONTRACTED SUCH DISEASE IN THE PERFORMANCE OR DISCHARGE OF HIS OR HER DUTIES AS THE NATURAL AND PROXIMATE RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT AND TO BE DISABLED FROM THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER DUTIES UNLESS THE CONTRARY BE PROVEN BY COMPETENT EVIDENCE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. FISCAL NOTE.-- This bill will affect certain members of the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System by presuming that contracting MRSA or Staph/MRSA will qualify them for an accidental disa- bility retirement, unless the contrary be proven by competent evidence. If this bill is enacted, it would lead to more disabilities being classified as "accidental". For the disabilities so classified due to this bill, the cost would depend on whether such person would haveEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08933-03-4 S. 3785--B 2 otherwise been eligible for an ordinary disability, a performance of duty disability or a service retirement. For those who contract such disease prior to being eligible to receive an ordinary disability retirement, it is estimated that there would be an average per person cost of approximately eight (8) times final average salary. For those who contract such disease who would be eligible to receive an ordinary disability retirement, it is estimated that there would be an average per person cost of approximately four (4) times final average salary. For those who contract such disease who would be eligible to receive a performance of duty disability retirement, it is estimated that there would be an average per person cost of approximately two (2) times final average salary. For those who contract such disease who are eligible for service retirement, it is estimated that there would be an average per person cost of approximately 150% of final average salary. However, we anticipate that few additional accidental disability retirements will be granted, and thus, the resulting costs are expected to be negligible. Summary of relevant resources: The membership data used in measuring the impact of the proposed change was the same as that used in the March 31, 2013 actuarial valu- ation. Distributions and other statistics can be found in the 2013 Report of the Actuary and the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Annual Report to the Comptroller on Actuarial Assumptions, and the Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York: Audit and Control. The Market Assets and GASB Disclosures are found in the March 31, 2013 New York State and Local Retirement System Financial Statements and Supplementary Information. I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali- fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein. This estimate, dated January 24, 2014 and intended for use only during the 2014 Legislative Session; is Fiscal Note No. 2014-59, prepared by the Actuary for the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.