Bill Text: NY A02858 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Increases the amount of money a retiree may earn in a position of public service in the year 2020 and thereafter to $35,000.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 60-31)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-13 - substituted by s1866b [A02858 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02858-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         2858--B

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 28, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. McDONALD, BICHOTTE, BRABENEC, COOK, CROUCH, GOTT-
          FRIED,  GUNTHER, JAFFEE, RIVERA, STIRPE, PICHARDO, ENGLEBRIGHT, DiPIE-
          TRO, LUPARDO, SANTABARBARA, WOERNER, THIELE, CUSICK, BYRNE, MORINELLO,
          BLAKE, VANEL, FAHY, FRIEND, ROZIC, BENEDETTO,  RICHARDSON,  MONTESANO,
          JOYNER,  NORRIS,  GLICK, WILLIAMS, ABINANTI, BRAUNSTEIN, GALEF, JONES,
          D'URSO, LENTOL, CYMBROWITZ, ORTIZ, BARRON,  SOLAGES,  LAWRENCE,  McDO-
          NOUGH,  MOSLEY,  WALLACE,  LIFTON,  O'DONNELL,  D. ROSENTHAL,  ARROYO,
          PALUMBO, GIGLIO, BLANKENBUSH, GARBARINO,  B. MILLER,  CAHILL,  DAVILA,
          COLTON, GOODELL, STERN, RAIA, WRIGHT, TAYLOR, SAYEGH, BYRNES, SMULLEN,
          RA,  GRIFFIN,  BUTTENSCHON,  RAYNOR  -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          BARCLAY, BUCHWALD, CRESPO, DenDEKKER,  EPSTEIN,  FITZPATRICK,  HAWLEY,
          JEAN-PIERRE, MANKTELOW, PALMESANO, SIMON, STEC, TAGUE -- read once and
          referred  to  the  Committee  on  Governmental  Employees -- committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee -- again reported from said  committee  with  amend-
          ments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to
          increasing the retiree earnings cap

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

     1    Section  1.  Subdivision 2 of section 212 of the retirement and social
     2  security law, as amended by chapter 74 of the laws of 2006,  is  amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    2.  The earning limitations for retired persons in positions of public
     5  service under this section shall be in  accordance  with  the  following
     6  table:

     7          For the year                               Earnings limitation
     8          1996                                       $12,500
     9          1997                                       $13,500
    10          1998                                       $14,500

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00537-06-9

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     1          1999                                       $15,500
     2          2000                                       $17,000
     3          2001                                       $18,500
     4          2002                                       $20,000
     5          2003                                       $25,000
     6          2004                                       $27,500
     7          2005 and 2006                              $27,500
     8          2007 [and thereafter] through 2019         $30,000
     9          2020 and thereafter                        $35,000
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          This  bill  would amend subdivision 2 of section 212 of the Retirement
        and Social Security Law to increase the earnings limitation for  retired
        members  in  positions  of public employment to $35,000 for the calendar
        year 2020 and thereafter. The earnings limitation for the calendar  year
        2019 is $30,000.
          The  annual  cost  to  the  employers of members of the New York State
        Teachers' Retirement System is estimated to be negligible if  this  bill
        is enacted.
          Member  data  is  from  the  System's  most recent actuarial valuation
        files, consisting of data provided by the employers  to  the  Retirement
        System.   Data distributions and statistics can be found in the System's
        Comprehensive Annual Financial  Report  (CAFR).  System  assets  are  as
        reported  in the System's financial statements, and can also be found in
        the CAFR. Actuarial assumptions and methods are provided in the System's
        Actuarial Valuation Report.
          The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2019-9  dated  January  15,
        2019  prepared by the Actuary of the New York State Teachers' Retirement
        System and is intended for use only during the 2019 Legislative Session.
        I, Richard A. Young, am the Actuary for the  New  York  State  Teachers'
        Retirement  System.  I  am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries
        and I meet the Qualification Standards of the American Academy of  Actu-
        aries to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          This bill will amend Section 212 of the Retirement and Social Security
        Law  to  set  the  amount a retired person may earn in public employment
        without reduction in retirement allowance during the year 2020 and ther-
        eafter to $35,000.
          If this bill is enacted during the 2019 legislative  session,  insofar
        as  it  would  affect the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement
        System and the New York State  and  Local  Police  and  Fire  Retirement
        System,  the resulting 16.7% increase over the current $30,000 limit, in
        place since 2007, is less than the increase in the consumer price  index
        over  the  same  period  and  thus would not affect retirement patterns.
        Therefore, the annual cost is estimated 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, 2018 actuarial valu-
        ation.  Distributions and other statistics can  be  found  in  the  2018
        Report  of  the  Actuary  and  the  2018  Comprehensive Annual Financial
        Report.
          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.

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          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  23,  2019,  and intended for use only
        during the  2019  Legislative  Session,  is  Fiscal  Note  No.  2019-34,
        prepared  by  the  Actuary  for  the New York State and Local Retirement
        System.
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          SUMMARY OF BILL: This proposed legislation would amend Retirement  and
        Social Security Law (RSSL) Section 212 to increase the earnings limit of
        certain New York City Retirement Systems and Pension Funds (NYCRS) reti-
        rees who return to Public Service.
          Effective Date: Upon enactment.
          IMPACT ON BENEFITS: Retirees who return to Public Service and elect to
        be  covered  under  the  provisions of RSSL Section 212 are permitted to
        earn an amount not exceeding a specific dollar limit in a calendar  year
        without  loss, suspension, or diminution of their retirement allowances.
        Once this dollar limit is reached, the retiree's  pension  is  suspended
        for  the  remainder of that calendar year. Generally, there are no earn-
        ings limitations in, or following, the calendar year in which the  reti-
        ree attains age 65.
          Currently,  the dollar limitation in effect for Calendar Year 2007 and
        thereafter is $30,000.
          Under the proposed legislation, if enacted, the RSSL Section 212 post-
        retirement Public Service earnings  limitation  would  be  increased  to
        $35,000 for Calendar Year 2020 and thereafter.
          FINANCIAL  IMPACT  -  ANNUAL EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS: The Actuary esti-
        mates that the potential impact of the proposed legislation would be  to
        increase  pension  payments  in  Calendar  Year  2020  from the NYCRS by
        approximately $310,000. In accordance with Administrative  Code  of  the
        City  of  New  York  (ACCNY) Section 13-638.2(k-2), new Unfunded Accrued
        Liability (UAL) attributable to benefit changes are to be  amortized  as
        determined by the Actuary but generally over the remaining working life-
        time of those impacted by the benefit changes. However, since changes in
        the  applicable  retirement allowances paid to the NYCRS retired members
        under this proposed legislation are not known in advance,  the  increase
        in pension payments due to this legislation has been treated as an actu-
        arial  loss. These actuarial losses were amortized over a 15-year period
        (14 payments under the One-Year  Lag  Methodology  (OYLM))  using  level
        dollar payments for the purpose of this Fiscal Note.
          Overall, the Actuary believes the changes in employer contributions to
        the  NYCRS as a result of enactment of the proposed legislation would be
        approximately $37,000 in the first year. Future years' costs in addition
        to the aforementioned cost would depend on  factors  such  as,  but  not
        limited to, the number of retirees that benefit under the legislation.
          OTHER COSTS: Not measured in this Fiscal Note are the following:
          *  The initial, additional administrative costs of the NYCRS and other
        New York City agencies to implement the proposed legislation.
          * The impact of this  proposed  legislation  on  Other  Postemployment
        Benefit (OPEB) costs.

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          CONTRIBUTION  TIMING:  For  the  purposes  of  this Fiscal Note, it is
        assumed that the changes in the UAL would be  reflected  for  the  first
        time  in the June 30, 2020 actuarial valuations of the NYCRS. In accord-
        ance with  the  OYLM  used  to  determine  employer  contributions,  the
        increase  in  employer  contributions would first be reflected in Fiscal
        Year 2022.
          CENSUS DATA: For purposes of analyzing  the  impact  of  the  proposed
        legislation, data on retirees reemployed in Public Service was furnished
        by the NYCRS. This data averaged over the past five years was considered
        illustrative of those who could potentially be impacted by this proposed
        legislation.  The  average for calendar years 2013 to 2017 of the number
        of retirees that  would  benefit  from  this  proposal  legislation  was
        approximately 90.
          ACTUARIAL  ASSUMPTIONS  AND  METHODS:  The  changes  in  the  employer
        contributions presented herein have been calculated based on the actuar-
        ial assumptions and methods in effect for the June 30, 2018 (Lag)  actu-
        arial  valuations  used  to  determine  the Preliminary Fiscal Year 2020
        employer contributions of the NYCRS.
          RISK AND UNCERTAINTY: The costs presented in this Fiscal  Note  depend
        highly  on the actuarial assumptions and methods used and are subject to
        change based on the realization of  potential  investment,  demographic,
        contribution,  and other risks. If actual experience deviates from actu-
        arial assumptions, the actual costs could differ  from  those  presented
        herein.  Costs  are  also  dependent  on the actuarial methods used, and
        therefore different actuarial methods could produce  different  results.
        Quantifying these risks is beyond the scope of this Fiscal Note.
          STATEMENT  OF ACTUARIAL OPINION: I, Sherry S. Chan, am the Chief Actu-
        ary for, and independent of, the New York City  Retirement  Systems  and
        Pension  Funds.  I  am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled
        Actuary under the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act of 1974, a
        Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Fellow of the Confer-
        ence of Consulting Actuaries. I meet the Qualification Standards of  the
        American  Academy of Actuaries to render the actuarial opinion contained
        herein. To the best of my knowledge, the results contained  herein  have
        been prepared in accordance with generally accepted actuarial principles
        and  procedures  and  with the Actuarial Standards of Practice issued by
        the Actuarial Standards Board.
          FISCAL NOTE IDENTIFICATION: This Fiscal Note  2019-20  dated  May  16,
        2019  was prepared by the Chief Actuary for the New York City Employees'
        Retirement System, the New York City Teachers'  Retirement  System,  the
        New  York  City  Board of Education Retirement System, the New York City
        Police Pension Fund, and the New York City Fire Pension Fund. This esti-
        mate is intended for use only during the 2019 Legislative Session.
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