This Week in Albany

Week ending June 7, 2019

Legislative Update

Priority Bill Update

CSEA’s priority bills continue to advance through the legislature. Support memos for these bills can be found by clicking on the bill number or by visiting our website.

  • A.264B – Cahill / S.3171A – Krueger: This bill would establish protections against excessive hospital emergency charges. Passed Assembly / In Senate Insurance Committee
  • A.2232 – Paulin / S.1929 – Gallivan: This bill would allow counties the option of providing probation officers with Section 207-c disability coverage. Reported out of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee to the Rules Committee / In Senate Local Government Committee
  • 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). Reported out of the Assembly Mental Health Committee to the Rules Committee / On Senate Floor
  • 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. Reported out of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee to the Rules Committee / Passed Senate
  • 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. Reported out of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee to the Rules Committee / On Senate Floor

School and School Bus Safety

This week, CSEA joined with our brothers and sisters from the New York State United Teachers and the New York State AFL-CIO at a rally at the capitol to support legislation to improve school safety and security. Among the legislation being advanced includes:

  • 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.
  • S.5172 – Kennedy: This bill would require a school bus attendant on every bus transporting children in grades K-6.
  • S.5205 – Gounardes / A.7624 – Abbate: This bill would require the appointment of an independent hearing officer in Section 75 disciplinary actions. While this bill would cover all employees covered by Section 75, its impact on school employees was highlighted at the rally.

Additionally, CSEA is advocating for legislation (S.5705 – Mayer / A.7538A – Benedetto) to require that school bus drivers and monitors be included on district-wide and building level school safety teams to ensure that the expertise and experience of school bus personnel is considered in developing school safety plans.

At a Glance

The legislature will be in session for four days next week. There are 7 scheduled days remaining in the 2019 state legislative session.