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1999 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM

February 24, 1999

Following is The Business Council's 1999 Legislative Program. It identifies legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues to be worked on by the Committees and Councils during the coming year.

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Issue Areas:

TAXATION

Board Approved Tax Reduction Priorities

Corporate Article 9 Tax.

Corporate Article 9a Tax Support:

Telecommunications Tax Reductions Support:

Administrative and Miscellaneous Tax Support:

Real Property Tax Support:

Sales and Use Tax Support:

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

"Environmental Advocates" Key Issues - As you consider potential legislative initiatives for The Business Council, I thought you would be interested in what a key Albany-based environmental group is asking for. The following identifies the top legislative priorities identified by "Environmental Advocates" during the last legislative session. In their scoring system, good bills are given three-tree, two-tree or one-tree status - I am showing you the top priority bills only. On the other side, the bills they oppose are scored with three, two or one smokestack, respectively. Note that their legislative agenda is heavily stacked with pesticide-use related bills. "Three Tree" Bills

" Two Tree" Bills

EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING

Support the elimination of mandates:

Support increased management flexibility to ensure that schools have high quality teachers, principals and administrators through:

Higher Education

Job Training

MANUFACTURING

Civil Justice Reform The focus of our lobbying efforts will be the passage of legislation introduced last year by Senator Dale Volker and Assemblyman Joe Morelle. This comprehensive measure would provide reasonable and fair reform in a number of areas, including the following:

Brownfield Redevelopment

Job Training

Energy

HEALTH

Support legislative and regulatory initiatives to make health insurance more affordable, including:

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Top Priorities

Additional Priorities

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mission Statement Actively promote changes to the state's regulatory and tax structures to reflect increased competition in New York's energy and telecommunications industries.

Tax Issues

Policy Issues Electricity and Natural Gas

Petroleum

Telecommunications

General

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Federal issues

LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Statutory Employee Benefits

Employment

Human Rights

Labor Relations

Miscellaneous

Regulatory

INSURANCE

General

Health & Life

Property & Casualty

FINANCIAL SERVICES

SMALL BUSINESS

Fundamental Changes

Other Changes

INTERNET

TRANSPORTATION

Regulatory Program

CONTRACT PROCUREMENT

Mission Statement The Contract Procurement Committee will support policy, legislation and regulation which will ensure economic growth and stability within New York State through open, and equal competition to all interested parties. Contracting Out (Privatization)/Competitive Bidding/Preferential Bidding

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Speedy Award Process (Service and Commodity Contracts)

Vendor Responsibility

Miscellaneous

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

BUSINESS LAW / GENERAL COUNSELS

CONSTRUCTION

Mission Statement "When New York Builds, New York Grows" The New York State Construction Industry Council (NYSCIC) supports initiatives which increase private and public sector construction and construction related markets. They must increase economic viability . . . jobs . . . and enhance the overall business environment by reforming the state's civil justice system, lowering taxes and fees, and streamlining the regulatory process, while encouraging a more efficient decision making process regarding capital construction projects. The construction industry plays a vital role in the economic stability of New York State. In specific:

The Council has recognized the following items as their 1999 priorities: Safety and Liability Create a fair and equitable civil justice system by:

Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Training Programs Encourage public and public/private endeavors to meet the employment demands of the industry by preparing our future workforce through workforce development programs. This would include:

Regulatory and Administrative

Additional Priorities Infrastructure Investment

Workers' Compensation

Payment and Award

Competitive Bidding/Government Competition/Preferential Bidding

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Affirmative Action

Support legislation which would create economic opportunity for minority, women, (M/WBEs) and small business enterprises (SBEs). Specifically we:

Other Issues

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

Experience Rating

CONSUMER AFFAIRS

GENERAL

Debt Reform