Bill Text: NY S03107 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes a temporary task force on the variable supplements fund program to make findings and recommendations.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-20 - COMMITTED TO RULES [S03107 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03107-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         3107--A

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    February 4, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sens.  ADDABBO,  BOYLE, BROOKS, CARLUCCI, FUNKE, SAVINO,
          TEDISCO -- 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

        AN ACT establishing a temporary task force on variable supplements fund

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The variable supplements fund (VSF)
     2  program was enacted in 1970 to provide supplementation to the retirement
     3  allowance of New York city police and fire  retirement  system  members.
     4  Since  the  enactment  of  the legislation establishing the VSF program,
     5  much controversy has been generated by the exclusion of disability reti-
     6  rees from eligibility for the benefit. Although a small  number  of  New
     7  York city disability retirees were permitted to receive VSF supplementa-
     8  tion  benefits  as a result of technical correction legislation approved
     9  during previous years, the lack of clarity in defining  VSF  eligibility
    10  and  the  continued exclusion of most disabled firefighters from receipt
    11  of this benefit has been a cause of much frustration and  confusion  for
    12  disability pensioners.
    13    While  it  is  recognized  that  any amendment to the VSF will require
    14  careful study and consideration of the  issues  involved,  the  legisla-
    15  ture's  interest  in  ensuring  fairness  and equity demand such review.
    16  Because the legislature does not accept this responsibility lightly,  it
    17  hereby  declares that the establishment of a temporary task force, to be
    18  known as the temporary task force on the variable supplements  fund,  is
    19  both warranted and required.
    20    §  2.  1.  A  temporary  task force, to be known as the temporary task
    21  force on the variable supplements fund, is hereby created to examine and
    22  investigate such issues as are related to the  exclusion  of  disability
    23  pensioners from the variable supplements fund.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08899-04-9

        S. 3107--A                          2

     1    2. The temporary task force shall have the power to:
     2    (a)  conduct  public hearings in furtherance of the performance of its
     3  duties under this act;
     4    (b) issue subpoenas for and to compel attendance of witnesses and  the
     5  production of books, records, documents and other relevant evidence; and
     6    (c)  to  recommend  legislation  consistent  with the purposes of this
     7  section.
     8    3. The task  force  shall  consist  of  eleven  members  appointed  as
     9  follows:
    10    (a) two members who shall be appointed by the governor;
    11    (b)  two  members who shall be appointed by the temporary president of
    12  the senate;
    13    (c) two members who shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
    14    (d) one member who shall be appointed by the minority  leader  of  the
    15  senate;
    16    (e)  one  member  who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the
    17  assembly;
    18    (f) one member who shall be appointed by the mayor of the city of  New
    19  York;
    20    (g) one member who shall be appointed by the state comptroller; and
    21    (h)  one member who shall represent the interest of the affected disa-
    22  bility retirees and who shall be appointed by the chair.
    23    From among such eleven  members,  the  governor  shall  designate  the
    24  chair.   In addition to such eleven voting members, the president of the
    25  uniformed firefighters association of greater New York  or  his  or  her
    26  designee,  the  comptroller of the city of New York or his or her desig-
    27  nee, a member of the board of trustees of the transit  police  officer's
    28  variable  supplements fund or his or her designee, a member of the board
    29  of trustees of the housing police officer's variable supplements fund or
    30  his or her designee, a member of the board of trustees  of  the  transit
    31  police superior officers' variable supplements fund or his or her desig-
    32  nee,  a  member  of the board of trustees of the housing police superior
    33  officers' variable supplements fund or his or her designee, and a member
    34  of the board of trustees of the correction  officers'  variable  supple-
    35  ments fund or his or her designee shall serve as non-voting members. Six
    36  voting  members of the temporary task force shall, at all times, consti-
    37  tute a quorum. Members shall receive no compensation for their services;
    38  members (including non-voting members) who are not governmental  employ-
    39  ees  shall  be  reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred during
    40  the performance of  their  duties.    Notwithstanding  any  inconsistent
    41  provision  of  any general, special or local law, no officer or employee
    42  of the state or of any political subdivision thereof shall  forfeit  his
    43  or  her  office  or employment by reason of acceptance of appointment to
    44  the temporary task force.
    45    4. Within one year of the effective date of this  act,  the  temporary
    46  task force shall issue a report containing such findings and recommenda-
    47  tions  regarding  the  eligibility  of disability pensioners of New York
    48  city to receive supplemental payments from the variable supplements fund
    49  and any other matters relating thereto. Such report shall be transmitted
    50  to the governor, the comptroller, the chair of the Senate civil  service
    51  and  pensions  committee  and  the  chair  of  the assembly governmental
    52  employees committee.
    53    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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