2017 Legislative Memos

SUPPORTWorker Safety Issues

A.1532 – Gunther / S.3330 – Hannon: This bill would improve the quality of care in healthcare facilities by establishing basic staffing ratios for nurses and other direct care staff employed in acute care facilities, including all public and private hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes and correctional facilities.

S.1023 – Funke / A.1207 – Zebrowski: This bill would increase penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

Civil Service Bills

S.2516 – Gallivan / A.473 – Paulin: This bill would allow all counties the option of providing full pay and benefits for county probation officers who are injured on the job.

S.1850 – Ortt / A.6277 – Abbate: This bill would allow counties the option of providing employees who are engaged in correction officer duties a special 20 year retirement plan which would provide a benefit of one-half of final average salary upon retirement.  Counties could also elect to provide an additional benefit of one sixtieth of final average salary for each year of service in excess of 20 years, not to exceed 15 such years.

S.5593 – Golden / A.7602 – Abbate: This bill would eliminate the lifetime reduction of a pension payment when an outstanding loan is repaid in full.

State Workforce Bills

A.7396A – Gunther / S.5680 – Ortt: This bill would prohibit a state agency from decreasing full time equivalent (FTE) positions if more than 25% of their employees worked overtime the previous year.

Office of Mental Health (OMH) and
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPDWD) Bills

S.4630 – Gallivan / A.6505 – Kearns: This bill would maintain the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center as a separate and distinct entity that cannot be collocated with another Office of Mental Health facility.

S.5681 – Ortt / A.7399A – Gunther: This bill would codify CSEA’s community-based care pilot programs that are operated by OPWDD.

A.2229 – Gunther / S.2836 – Ortt: This bill would limit the length of time that a notice of closure or significant service reduction is in effect. Currently law requires OMH to give 12 months notice, but there is no maximum amount of time that the notice can be in effect.

S.3027 – Ranzenhofer / A.3027 – Kearns: This bill would prohibit sex offenders from residing in a community residence operated or licensed by OMH or OPWDD.

Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Bills

S.4574 – Marchione / A.6309 – Brindisi: This legislation would require OCFS to annually report the ratio of non-administrative staff to facility residents. In addition, this report must detail the number of employees who are out of work on workers’ compensation.

S.2728 – Griffo / A.2136 – Brindisi: This bill would make the assault of an OCFS secure or limited secure residential facility a class D felony.

Health Care Bills

A.3126 – Gottfried / S.2546 – Hannon: This bill would ensure that SUNY hospitals continue to receive Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding.

S.4536 – Helming / A.6234 – Skartados: This bill would increase payments to critical access hospitals.

S.5661B – Little / A.7763 – Gottfried: This bill would create the enhanced safety-net hospital program.

A.934A – Glick / S.1596A – LaValle: This bill would clarify that the State University Health Science Centers are included in the SUNY maintenance of effort provision.

Social Service Bills

S.3146 – Golden / A.4049 – Lupardo: This bill would establish caseload standards for child protective services (CPS) workers.

Child Care Bills

A.7726A – Jaffee / S.5929 – Avella: This bill would establish a Child Care Availability Taskforce. This taskforce will evaluate the cost, accessibility, availability, quality, and impact of childcare subsidies.

Corrections Bills

S.2949A – Ritchie / A.4064B – Jones: This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to develop a staffing plan to ensure that all correctional facilities are adequately staffed.

Local Government Bills

S.3632 – Phillips / A.4117 – Lentol: This bill would grant peace officer status to Nassau County Police Department Ambulance Medical Technicians (AMTs).

S.5704 – Phillips / A.7135 – Abbate: This bill would provide for a performance of duty disability retirement benefit for ambulance medical technician supervisors, ambulance medical technician coordinators, and ambulance medical technicians (AMTs) employed by Nassau County.

S.5778 – Alcantara / A.7601 – Abbate: This bill would codify and streamline existing practices regarding membership in public sector labor unions.

Retiree Bills

S.4324 – Tedisco / A.5210 – Abinanti: This bill would require municipalities to notify retirees at least 45 days prior to changing their health benefits.

Education / Library Bills

S.3021 – Ritchie / A.5811 – Quart: This bill would enable public libraries to access Employment Preparation Education (EPE) funds to provide adult literacy instruction.

Veteran Bills

A.3198A – Paulin / S.2911A – Croci: This bill would authorize paid time off for state employees that are combat veterans in order to obtain health care services related to their military service.

A.6416A – Abbate / S.5877A – Golden: This bill would allow all honorably discharged veterans to be eligible for civil service credits for appointments and promotions. Current law provides that only veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty during specific times or in specific theatres of war may receive civil service credits for their service.

Other Bills

S.3990 – Ranzenhofer / A.1311 – Rosenthal: This bill would expand the scope of public authority contracts subject to State Comptroller approval.

S.3984 – DeFrancisco / A.6355 – Peoples-Stokes: This bill would improve transparency and accountability in the State’s procurement process.

S.4827 – Marchione / A.3047 – Magnarelli: This bill would grant the State Comptroller statutory authority to audit local development corporations (LDCs).

A.7427 – Schimminger: This legislation would restore and expand reporting requirements for the START-UP NY program.

A.4083 – Abinanti: This legislation would ensure that the meetings of the Design and Construction Corporation within the Dormitory Authority are subject to the open meetings law.

 


OPPOSE

OMH/OPWDD Bills

S.4736A – Lanza / A.6830 – Weprin: This bill would require all mandated reporters covered by the Justice Center to call 911, the local county district attorney’s office, and the Justice Center to report all reportable incidents. CSEA does not defend the current operations of the Justice Center but this legislation would only make a bad situation worse and could lead to diminished oversight and protections for those with a developmental disability.

A.745 – Gunther / S.2941 – Hamilton: This bill would require all OPWDD facilities to install cameras at each of their entrances and exits. This is an unfunded mandate and would undermine residents’ privacy protections under HIPAA.

Insurance Bills

S.3484 – Golden / A.4786 – Joyner: This bill would prohibit prescription benefit plans from requiring that certain prescriptions be filled by a network mail order pharmacy.

Other Bills

A.1656 – Mosley: This bill would prohibit smoking on SUNY property. CSEA opposes this bill because smoking bans are a mandatory subject of negotiation for public employees.

S.2308 – Brooks: This legislation would require that a state monitor be appointed in the Town of Oyster Bay that would be authorized to unilaterally reject the implementation of collective bargaining agreements.