Bill Text: NY S03841 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Includes SUNY police officers for purposes of presumption regarding impairment caused by heart disease.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-4)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-11 - returned to senate [S03841 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03841-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 19, 2019
        Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- 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
          certain disabilities of university police officers  appointed  by  the
          state university of New York
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 363-a of the retirement and social
     2  security law, as amended by chapter 437 of the laws of 2016, is  amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    3.  As used in this section, the terms "firefighter" and "police offi-
     5  cer" mean any member who is performing police or fire  service,  as  the
     6  phrase police or fire service is defined in paragraphs a, b, c, d, f (as
     7  added by chapter six hundred seventy-four of the laws of nineteen eight-
     8  y-six),  f (as added by chapter six hundred seventy-seven of the laws of
     9  nineteen eighty-six), g, h, i and j of  subdivision  eleven  of  section
    10  three  hundred two of this article, and who, prior to entry into service
    11  as a firefighter or police officer, successfully passed a physical exam-
    12  ination which failed to  disclose  evidence  of  any  disease  or  other
    13  impairment of the heart.
    14    §  2.  The  amendments  to  section 363-a of the retirement and social
    15  security law made by section one of this act shall not  affect,  impair,
    16  or  invalidate  any  temporary  right,  privilege,  or benefit conferred
    17  pursuant to the provisions of a general, special  or  local  law  (other
    18  than pursuant to articles 14 and 15 of the retirement and social securi-
    19  ty  law)  for  any  member of a public retirement system or pension plan
    20  funded by the state or one of its political subdivisions, nor shall  any
    21  amendments thereto affect the application of such provisions as extended
    22  by  the  provisions of section 480 of the retirement and social security
    23  law.
    24    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 3841                             2
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          This  bill  is  a  technical  correction to Chapter 561 of the Laws of
        2015.   It would add a  "heart  bill"  performance  of  duty  disability
        provision  for  police  officers of the State University of New York who
        are members of the New York State and Local Police and  Fire  Retirement
          If  this  bill  is  enacted,  it could lead to more disabilities being
        classified as "performance of duty". We anticipate that few  performance
        of  duty disability retirements will be granted, and thus, the resulting
        costs will 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, 2018 actuarial valu-
        ation.  Distributions and other statistics can  be  found  in  the  2018
        Report  of  the  Actuary  and  the  2018  Comprehensive Annual Financial
          The actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the  2015,
        2016,  2017  and  2018  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, 2018
        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 fiscal note does not constitute a legal opinion on the  viability
        of  the  proposed change nor is it intended to serve as a substitute for
        the professional judgment of an attorney.
          This estimate, dated January 31,  2019,  and  intended  for  use  only
        during  the  2019  Legislative  Session,  is  Fiscal  Note  No. 2019-45,
        prepared by the Actuary for the New  York  State  and  Local  Retirement