This Week in Albany

Week ending June 14, 2019

Legislative Update

The legislature reached an agreement on a major outstanding issue this week as the Senate and Assembly agreed to changes to the state’s rent control laws. Facing a deadline of June 15, legislators agreed to a deal to make the rent regulation system permanent, allow municipalities across the state that meet statutory requirements to opt into the system, and increase tenant protections. This agreement clears a major hurdle for the end of session.

Additionally, the Assembly and Senate passed legislation to address immunization requirements in light of the current measles epidemic in New York. The bill, which was immediately signed into law by Governor Cuomo, repealed exemptions for children whose parents had non-medical objections to immunizations. As a result, all children must be vaccinated in order to attend school or day care unless a physician certifies that immunization would be detrimental to the child’s health.

The legislative session is scheduled to end next Wednesday, June 19. Outstanding issues that may or may not be addressed before the legislature leaves Albany include legalizing recreational marijuana, allowing undocumented New Yorkers to receive driver licenses, and legalizing mobile sports gambling.

In the meantime, CSEA continues to focus on legislation that will benefit our members, including:

  • 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
  • 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. Passed Senate / In Assembly Education 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). On Assembly Floor / Passed Senate
  • A.7611 – Gunther / S.5941 – Carlucci: 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
  • S.5205 – Gounardes / A.7624A – Abbate: This bill would require the appointment of an independent hearing officer in Section 75 disciplinary actions. Moved Out of Assembly Governmental Employees Committee to the Rules Committee / On Senate Floor
  • A.5324 – Abbate / S.5133 – Kaplan: 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. Moved out of the Assembly Governmental Employees Committee to the Ways & Means 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. Moved out of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee to the Rules Committee / Passed Senate