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Government Affairs Albany Update

May 28, 1999

Next GAC Meeting - June 8th

The next meeting of the full Government Affairs Council will be Tuesday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. At the meeting, the staff will provide the latest updates on the State Budget, and other Business Council priority issues. All members of The Business Council are welcome to attend.

Governor's Staff to Speak at June 9th Workers' Compensation Committee Meeting

On Wednesday, June 9th, Bill Howard, Deputy Director of State Operations for the Governor and Kevin Rampe, Senior Assistant Counsel to the Governor, will be addressing the workers' compensation committee. Both Bill and Kevin have been intricately involved in the Governor's continuing workers' comp reform efforts. Among other issues, they will be speaking about the Governor's newest proposal to adopt AMA guidelines and cap permanent partial disability payments.

The meeting is from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at The Business Council.

Assembly Speaker Silver Reconvenes Task Force of Workers' Compensation

Speaker Silver announced that he will reconvene the Assembly Majority Task Force on Workers' Compensation, chaired by Majority Leader Michael Bragman. In a press release issued on May 27, Silver stated that the task force will meet in Albany in June to assess the State's Compensation Insurance Rating Board's recommendation that the 1999-2000 rates reflect an increase in workers' compensation insurance costs of 17%. The task force will also examine the implementation of workers' compensation legislative programs previously enacted.

Members of the Task Force are: Democrat Assembly members Peter Abbate (Brooklyn), Jeffrion Aubrey (Queens), Ronald Canestrari (Cohoes), Joan Christensen (Syracuse), RoAnn Destito (Utica), Richard Gottfried (Manhattan), Pete Grannis (Manhattan), Alexander Gromack (New City), Paul Harenberg (Suffolk), Jeffrey Klein (Bronx), Naomi Matusow (Westchester), Joseph Morelle (Rochester), Peter Rivera (Bronx), Robin Schimminger (Buffalo), David Sidikman (Nassau), and Paul Tokasz (Buffalo).

OSHA To Hold Small Business Forums

The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will host a half-day forum entitled OSHA and Small Business: New Ways of Working next month to give small businesses the opportunity to learn about OSHA programs, services, and products. Staff will be available to answer questions about compliance, technical assistance, consultation, Voluntary Protection Programs, and more. Demonstrations of OSHA electronic and print products will also be available.

The forum will take place on June 8th from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the New York Nurses Association Conference Center in Latham, New York. To register, fax name of company, name of participants, and phone number to (518)464-4337. You will be called to confirm your reservation. Small businesses have first priority; consultants and others will be considered based on available space.

For additional information, on this program and other services OSHA has to offer, log onto their web site at: