Bill Text: NY A06452 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to supplemental military retirement allowances for members of public retirement systems of the state.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-07 - referred to governmental employees [A06452 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06452-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          6452
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 7, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. BARRETT, DenDEKKER, COLTON, ZEBROWSKI, MALLIOTAK-
          IS  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Employ-
          ees
        AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security  law,  the  education
          law  and  the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation
          to supplemental military retirement allowances for members  of  public
          retirement systems of the state
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 1000 of the retirement and social security  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new subdivision 8-a to read as follows:
     3    8-a.  A  person  who  retired  prior to May thirty-first, two thousand
     4  eighteen and who would have been entitled  to  the  provisions  of  this
     5  section,  may  make  application to such retirement system no later than
     6  December thirty-first, two thousand twenty-one for a supplemental  mili-
     7  tary  retirement  allowance  pursuant to this subdivision.   The supple-
     8  mental retirement allowance provided by this  subdivision  shall  be  in
     9  lieu  of any benefit otherwise provided pursuant to this section and any
    10  credit granted for military service with any retirement system  of  this
    11  state pursuant to any other section of law.  Upon receipt of an applica-
    12  tion, the retirement system shall determine the amount of service credit
    13  such person would have been entitled to receive pursuant to subdivisions
    14  one  and  two  of  this section, subject to the limitations contained in
    15  this section. The supplemental military retirement allowance shall equal
    16  the retirement allowance  of  such  person,  computed  without  optional
    17  modification  and  not to exceed fifteen thousand dollars, multiplied by
    18  twenty-five one-hundredths of one percent per month of the service cred-
    19  it as determined pursuant to  this  subdivision.    One-twelfth  of  the
    20  supplemental military retirement allowance shall be added to the retire-
    21  ment  allowance  of such person each month. The benefit payable pursuant
    22  to this section shall commence on the next retirement allowance  payable
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08018-04-9

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     1  at  least  thirty  days  after  the  receipt of an application from such
     2  person. For the purposes of this subdivision, retirement allowance shall
     3  exclude any annuity derived from voluntary  contributions  made  by  the
     4  individual,  except  those  made pursuant to elections under subdivision
     5  one of section five hundred eleven-a or paragraph c of subdivision three
     6  of section five hundred sixteen of the education law, but shall  include
     7  any  cost of living adjustment derived from sections seventy-eight-a and
     8  three hundred seventy-eight-a of this chapter or  section  five  hundred
     9  thirty-two-a  of  the education law, as applicable.  The benefit payable
    10  pursuant to this subdivision shall  be  payable  for  the  life  of  the
    11  retired  member  only,  except  that  the surviving spouse of a deceased
    12  member who retired under an option providing a benefit to  be  continued
    13  for  life to the surviving spouse after the death of the member shall be
    14  entitled to receive fifty  percent  of  the  monthly  benefit  that  the
    15  retired  member  would  be  receiving  pursuant  to this subdivision, if
    16  living, commencing with the next retirement allowance payable  at  least
    17  thirty  days after receipt of an application from the retired member for
    18  the benefit or payable after the death of the retired member.
    19    § 2. Subdivision b of section 78-a of the retirement and social  secu-
    20  rity  law,  as  added  by chapter 125 of the laws of 2000, is amended to
    21  read as follows:
    22    b. Said cost-of-living adjustment shall be a percentage of the  annual
    23  retirement   allowance  otherwise  payable,  computed  without  optional
    24  modification, but including any benefit derived from  subdivision  f  of
    25  this  section  [and], any prior year's cost-of-living adjustment derived
    26  from this section and the amount of any supplemental military retirement
    27  allowance derived from subdivision eight-a of section  one  thousand  of
    28  this  chapter.  Said  percentage  is  set forth in subdivision d of this
    29  section.
    30    § 3. Subdivision b of section 378-a of the retirement and social secu-
    31  rity law, as added by chapter 125 of the laws of  2000,  is  amended  to
    32  read as follows:
    33    b.  Said cost-of-living adjustment shall be a percentage of the annual
    34  retirement  allowance  otherwise  payable,  computed  without   optional
    35  modification,  but  including  any benefit derived from subdivision f of
    36  this section [and], any prior year's cost-of-living  adjustment  derived
    37  from this section and the amount of any supplemental military retirement
    38  allowance  derived  from  subdivision eight-a of section one thousand of
    39  this chapter.  Said percentage is set forth in  subdivision  d  of  this
    40  section.
    41    §  4. Subdivision b of section 532-a of the education law, as added by
    42  chapter 125 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
    43    b. Said cost-of-living adjustment shall be a percentage of the  annual
    44  retirement   allowance  otherwise  payable,  computed  without  optional
    45  modification, excluding any annuity derived from voluntary contributions
    46  made by members, except those made pursuant to elections under  subdivi-
    47  sion  one of section five hundred eleven-a or paragraph c of subdivision
    48  three of section five hundred sixteen of this article, but including any
    49  benefit derived from subdivision f of  this  section  [and],  any  prior
    50  year's  cost-of-living  adjustment  derived  from  this  section and the
    51  amount of any supplemental military retirement  allowance  derived  from
    52  subdivision eight-a of section one thousand of the retirement and social
    53  security  law.  Said  percentage  is  set forth in subdivision d of this
    54  section.

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     1    § 5. Subdivision b of section 13-696 of the administrative code of the
     2  city of New York, as added by chapter  125  of  the  laws  of  2000,  is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    b.  Said cost-of-living adjustment shall be a percentage of the annual
     5  fixed retirement allowance otherwise payable, computed without  optional
     6  modification,  but  including  any benefit derived from subdivision f of
     7  this section [and], any prior year's cost-of-living  adjustment  derived
     8  from  this section and the amount of any supplemental military allowance
     9  derived from subdivision eight-a of section one thousand of the  retire-
    10  ment  and social security law.  Said percentage is set forth in subdivi-
    11  sion d of this section.
    12    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          This bill would amend Section 1000 of the Retirement and Social  Secu-
        rity  Law  to give veterans who retired prior to May 31, 2018, a supple-
        mental pension equal to their first $15,000  of  single  life  allowance
        together  with  any cost of living adjustment, multiplied by 3% per year
        for up to three (3) years of such service credit  for  military  service
        that  would  have  been  eligible if the member retired on or after such
        date. The surviving spouse of such a retired veteran who chose a contin-
        ued life benefit to the spouse shall receive half of what  the  deceased
        member  would have received.  There would not be any payment required by
        an effected retiree or surviving spouse for this  supplemental  pension.
        Such  retiree may make application for the supplemental pension no later
        than December 31, 2021 and the payment of the benefit  will  begin  with
        the  next monthly pension payment payable at least 30 days after receipt
        of the application.
          The exact number of retirees that could be  affected  by  this  legis-
        lation cannot be readily determined.
          ERS Costs: Pursuant to Section 25 of the Retirement and Social Securi-
        ty  Law,  the  increased cost to the New York State and Local Employees'
        Retirement System would be borne entirely by the State of New  York  and
        would  require  an  itemized appropriation sufficient to pay the cost of
        the provision. Once a retiree applies for this benefit a  cost  will  be
        generated, which will be billed to the State.
          PFRS  Costs:  These costs would be shared by the State of New York and
        the participating employers in the PFRS.
          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.
          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.

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          This estimate, dated February 22, 2019,  and  intended  for  use  only
        during  the  2019  Legislative  Session,  is  Fiscal  Note  No. 2019-83,
        prepared by the Actuary for the New  York  State  and  Local  Retirement
        System.
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