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Legislation Impacting NYSTRS

NYSTRS administers a defined benefit plan established by the New York State Legislature. The Legislature must initiate and enact any benefit improvements (e.g., early retirement incentives). NYSTRS' position is neutral; the System has neither the ability to change the benefit structure nor the authority to implement benefit changes.

A bill that alters public pension benefits must be initiated by the State Legislature, approved by both the Assembly and Senate, and signed into law by the governor. The pages in this section provide summaries of recent state laws that impacted NYSTRS benefits, as well as information about pending legislation of interest to members.

New York State Legislature