Technology and Telecommunications Committee Update
Staff Contact: Johnny Evers
November 22, 2016
One of the issues that is likely to be discussed in the 2017 legislative session, as it was in 2016, is the issue of cyber security. In 2016 The Business Council staff actively discussed this issue, and numerous bills, with members of the Legislature. The Business Council also submitted comments on the Department of Financial Services draft regulations on cyber security earlier this month. In addition to issues in cyber security that we will be discussing with membership and the legislature, The Business Council will also continue its efforts in support of streamlined cellular tower siting legislation as a priority in 2017.
The following is the 2016 Telecommunication and Technology Legislative Agenda. This portion of the legislative program will also be discussed at the GAC meeting on December 1st.
- Supports legislation that would expedite the approval of wireless facility upgrades.
- Supports legislation promoting computer science education in high school curriculum.
- Supports legislation that would prohibit the state from imposing new regulations on phone services that use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
- Opposes call center mandates.
- Opposes online consumer data restrictions.
- Opposes a ban on employer access of employee personal accounts in specific work-related circumstances.
- Opposes Data Security Legislation.
- Opposes Kill Switch Legislation.
Opposes the creation of the Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate.
Please forward any comments on the DRAFT program to Johnny Evers.
Goverment Affairs Committee Planning Session, December 1
The Government Affairs Council is hosting its annual GAC Planning Session on Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. In addition to highlighting several Business Council priority issues for 2017 – including workers’ comp reform, additional business tax reforms, labor law issues and others – the agenda will include the following guest speakers: Division of Budget Director Robert Mujica; Elizabeth Garvey, counsel to the Senate Majority; and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.