2019 Legislative Updates

Legislation Supported by CSEA

Click on the bill numbers to see CSEA’s memo in support of the legislation.

[Updated November 12, 2019]


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. Passed Both Houses, Not Yet Delivered

A.1093B – Paulin / S.5285A – Brooks: This legislation authorizes local governments to offer employees that are combat veterans with additional leave time for health services relating to their military service. State employees previously received this benefit in April 2019. Local governments must adopt a resolution or local law in order for an employee to be eligible for this benefit. This law will go into effect in 120 days. Signed into law

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

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

Bills Relating to State Agencies

S.5772 – Carlucci / A.7961 – Gunther: This bill would require a written report to the legislature one year prior to closing an OMH, OPWDD, or OCFS facility. Passed Senate / Died in Assembly

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). Passed Both Houses, Not Yet Delivered

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 Both Houses, Not Yet Delivered


Bills Relating to Employee Safety & Health

S.6094 – Kennedy / A.8208 – Magnarelli: 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. Died in Senate Finance / Died in Assembly Transportation


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. Passed Both Houses, Not Yet Delivered


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. Delivered to the Governor, Action Due by November 20

S.4950B – Magnarelli / A.4524B – Kennedy: This bill would establish a demonstration program for the use of school bus safety cameras to capture drivers that illegally pass a stopped school bus. Signed into law

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. Passed Both Houses, Not Yet Delivered

Other Bills

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

A.8419 – Nolan / S.6578 – Ramos: This bill provides fair labor practices for farm workers including the right to collectively bargain, mandated rest time, overtime compensation, and unemployment insurance. Signed into law

S.4915A – Akshar / A.7696A – Friend: This bill would name a portion of the state highway system as the “Dennis ‘Matt’ Howe Memorial Highway.” Matt Howe was a CSEA-represented Department of Transportation (DOT) worker that lost his life from injuries sustained when a vehicle collided with a DOT truck in an active work zone. While this legislation can’t ease the pain of Matt’s loss to his family, loved ones, and co-workers, it provides recognition of his dedication to public service. It will help make sure that he is not forgotten, and help raise awareness of the need to protect all our transportation workers who put their lives at risk just by doing their jobs. Signed into law