Prohibits payment of bonuses to employees and board members of state authorities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting bonuses for employees of public authorities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to remove the ability of public authorities to pay bonuses.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One adds a section 2854 of the public authorities law that will now prohibit the payment of bonuses.
Section Two adds the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Recent newspaper articles have cited the practice by the New York Power Authority and other state authorities of paying bonuses on top of lucrative salaries and other perks. In a time of fiscal crisis State Authorities should not be authorizing bonuses.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
03/26/09 Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 06/09/09 Reported Referred to Ways and Means 06/10/09 Amend and Recommit to Ways and Means 06/10/09 Print Number 7247A 06/18/09 Reported Referred to Rules 06/22/09 Reported 06/22/09 Rules Report Calendar 541 6/22/09 Ordered to Third Reading Rules Calendar 541 06/22/09 Passed Assembly 06/22/09 Delivered to Senate 06/22/09 Referred to Rules 01/06/10 Died in Senate 01/06/10 Returned to Assembly 01/06/10 Ordered to Third Reading Calendar 483 03/15/10 Amended to Third Reading 7242B 03/23/10 Passed Assembly 03/23/10 Delivered to Senate 03/23/10 Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Instead this bill would be a cost savings to NYS.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 519 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting bonuses for employees of public authorities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 2854 to read as follows: S 2854. PROHIBITION ON PAYMENT OF BONUSES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW, COMPENSATION PAID OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED TO EMPLOYEES OF STATE AUTHORITIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO SALARY AND BENEFITS COMPARABLE TO THOSE BENEFITS PROVIDED TO CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES, AND, IF APPLICA- BLE, REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES. NO BONUS OF ANY NATURE SHALL BE PAID TO ANY EMPLOYEE OR BOARD MEMBER OF A STATE AUTHORITY PROVIDED THAT ANY SUCH PROHIBITION SHALL ONLY APPLY TO EMPLOYEES NOT COVERED UNDER A NEGOTIATED CONTRACT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01216-01-1