2019 Legislative Updates

Legislation Supported by CSEA

Click on the bill numbers to see CSEA’s memo in support of the legislation, if applicable

 

Bills Relating to Civil Service and Employee Benefits

S.5291 – Gounardes / A.7248 – Abbate: This bill would create a statewide standard for bumping, retreating, and rehiring rights for non-competitive and labor class employees in the state and local governments.

A.1093B – Paulin / S.5285A – Brooks: This bill would grant local government employees that are combat veterans with additional leave time for health services relating to their military service. State employees received this benefit in April 2019.

A.2232 – Paulin / S.1929 – Gallivan: This bill would allow counties the option of providing probation officers with Section 207-c disability coverage.

S.5205 – Gounardes / A.7624 – Ababte: This bill would require the appointment of an independent hearing officer in Section 75 disciplinary actions.


Bills Relating to State Agencies

S.5772 – Carlucci: This bill would require a written report to the legislature one year prior to closing an OMH, OPWDD, or OCFS facility.

A.7199 – Gunther / S.5315 – Carlucci: This bill would require the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to give 90-days notice prior to suspending services at a State-operated individualized residential alternative (IRA).

A.7611 – Gunther / S.5941: This bill would require the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide monthly reports of community based service investments and the impact on OMH hospital inpatient census. Passed Senate*/ On Assembly Floor

 

Bills Relating to Employee Safety & Health

S.6094 – Kennedy: This bill would increase penalties for endangering a highway worker, promote workzone safety awareness, and create additional resources for work zone safety enforcement and enhancement.

 

Bills Relating to Local Governments

A.7476 – Magnarelli / S.5445 – Skoufis: This bill would expand the oversight authority of the Office of the State Comptroller to include private organizations controlled by local government entities. This would increase transparency and accountability for entities like local development corporations (LDCs) that local governments are increasingly using to finance their day-to-day operations.

 

Bills Relating to Schools

S.5705 – Mayer / A.7538A – Benedetto: This bill would require school bus drivers and monitors to be included in district-wide and building-level school safety teams.

S.1720 – Ramos / A.6157 – Titus: This bill would include public schools within the definition of employers required to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence. Currently, public schools are exempt from this requirement.


Other Bills

A.264B – Cahill / S.3171A – Krueger: This bill would establish protections against excessive hospital emergency charges.

S.5162 – Stavisky: This bill would allow pharmacy technicians in a hospital setting to assist a licensed pharmacist in the preparation and dispensing of drugs. This bill will allow pharmacy technicians to continue to do work they have done for years after a Department of Education decision called this ability into question.