Senator Jen Metzger Legislative Update
This past week saw three of my bills signed into law, all passing in the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support:
✓ S.660 Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their private reproductive health decisions.
✓ S.4207A Increases incentives for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
✓ S.2611 Grants amnesty to the Roscoe Central School District from overly punitive building aid penalties.
See below for more details!
The ‘Boss Bill’ Becomes Law
Last session, I proudly sponsored the ‘Boss Bill,’ which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their reproductive health decisions. No one should have to fear that they will lose their job or be demoted because of their private choices.
Supporting our First Responders
You may remember back in June that I told you about a bill that I introduced which would nearly double the maximum amount that a municipality can pay into a retirement fund (known as a Length of Service Awards Program or LOSAP) for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers. The current cap is $700 and the new law gives municipalities the ability to raise it to $1,200 per year. Offering higher incentives will help with recruiting and retaining these brave volunteers who fulfill such a vital role in keeping our communities safe.
Protecting the Roscoe CSD from Building Aid Penalties
From the day I took office, I have been working to get amnesty for the Roscoe and Monticello Central School Districts from the steep and overly punitive building aid penalties imposed on both districts due to the late filing of capital cost reports. I am thrilled to report that my Roscoe bill was signed into law, forgiving a building aid penalty of $1.1 million, and I will continue to fight to bring this same relief to the Monticello Central School District, which faces a similar penalty.
I encourage you to contact my office at (845) 344-3311 or [email protected] should you have any questions about the new laws mentioned.
Senator Jen Metzger, 42nd District
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