Relates to permitting retired members to authorize a deduction from retirement benefits for membership dues in not-for-profit membership organizations.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to deductions for retiree organization dues
PURPOSE: To amend the Retirement and Social Security Law to allow retirees to elect to have their membership dues to a not-for-profit organization representing New York State governmental employees deducted from their retirement allowance.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill amends Retirement and Social Security Law section 110-c by adding a new subdivision 2, which allows retirees who are members of a not-for-profit organization representing New York State governmental employees to elect to have their membership dues deducted from their retirement allowance. The election is filed with the Comptroller and remains valid until revoked.
Section two of the bill provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
EXISTING LAW: Currently, retirees may elect to have the dues costs associated with such retiree's membership in an employee organization that is certified or organized under the Taylor Law and the costs associated with such retiree's participation in a benefit plan sponsored by such employee organization.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would eliminate the need for retirees who are members of a not-for-profit employee organization that represents retired New York State public employees to mail a check for their dues each month. Currently, retirees who are members of an employee organization that is certified pursuant to the Taylor Law are afforded the ability to have their dues and any costs associated with benefits from such organization deducted from their retirement allowance.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4981 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to deductions for retiree organization dues THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 110-c of the retirement and social security law, as amended by chapter 165 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: S 110-c. Deductions from benefits of certain retired members. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a retired member shall have the right, at any time after the retiree's retirement, to execute and file a deduction authorization card with the comptroller authorizing the deduction from the retired member's retirement allowance of membership dues and such retired member's share of the cost for employee organiza- tion-sponsored benefit plans and the payment thereof to a retiree organ- ization of which the retired member is then a member and which is then affiliated with either an employee organization certified or recognized as the collective bargaining representative of all employees in the negotiating unit of which the retired member was a part prior to his or her retirement or with an employee organization with which such employee organization is then affiliated. The comptroller shall thereafter deduct from the retirement allowance of such retired member the amount of membership dues and such amounts required to be paid by such retired member for such authorized employee organization-sponsored benefit plans, and shall transmit the sum so deducted to said retiree organiza- tion. Such authorization shall continue in effect until revoked in writ- ing by such retired member. For purposes of this section the term "employee organization-sponsored benefit plans" shall include any and all insurance plans and/or other benefit plans sponsored by such retiree organization whether provided by (a) a not-for-profit corporationEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10692-01-3 S. 4981 2
licensed under article forty-three of the insurance law; (b) any insur- ance company authorized to do business in this state; (c) a health main- tenance organization issued a certificate of authority pursuant to arti- cle forty-four of the public health law; or (d) a self-insurance arrangement, welfare fund or benefit fund. 2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, A RETIRED MEMBER SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT, AT ANY TIME AFTER THE RETIREE'S RETIREMENT, TO EXECUTE AND FILE A DEDUCTION AUTHORIZATION CARD WITH THE COMPTROLLER AUTHORIZING THE DEDUCTION FROM THE RETIRED MEMBER'S RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE OF MEMBER- SHIP DUES IN A NOT-FOR-PROFIT MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION OF RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. THE COMPTROLLER SHALL THEREAFTER DEDUCT FROM THE RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE OF SUCH RETIRED MEMBER THE AMOUNT OF MEMBERSHIP DUES AND SHALL TRANSMIT THE SUM SO DEDUCTED TO SAID RETIRED ORGANIZATION. SUCH AUTHORI- ZATION SHALL CONTINUE IN EFFECT UNTIL REVOKED IN WRITING BY SUCH RETIRED MEMBER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.