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Government Affairs Albany Update

February 15, 2002

Divisible Load Permits Increased Under Budget Bills

The Governor is proposing, under budget bills S.6259 / A.9761, Part D, increasing the number of divisible load permits allowed under the vehicle and traffic law by 5,000. The provisions of the bill, as they relate to divisible load permits, are the same as those contained in the bill that The Business Council supported last session. The Business Council's Transportation Committee, in conjunction with several other industry representatives, fought diligently to have the number of divisible load permits increased during the 2001 legislative session. Legislation that would have increased the number of permits passed the Senate last year but was stalled in the Assembly. In addition to the trucking industry generally, these permits are vital to the agriculture/dairy, petroleum, cement, construction, paper and logging industries. This issue and the bill's provisions will be discussed at The Business Council's March 11th Transportation meeting.

Doing IT Business with New York State: Where do I begin?

The Business Council in collaboration with the Office of General Services/Procurement Services Group and the New York State Forum for Information Resource Management of the Rockefeller Institute for Government will host a session entitled "Doing IT Business with New York State, Where do I begin?" on Thursday, March 21st, 2002 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 2-3 in the Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York.

The session is targeted to New York state businesses offering IT-related products and services and is geared to provide in-depth information on contracting to do information technology-related business with New York State, especially those not currently doing business with government agencies.

Insurance Department to Hold Hearings to Assess the Insurance Marketplace

The New York State Insurance Department is conducting state-wide forums to assess the impact of September 11th on the insurance marketplace, including the availability and adequacy of coverage to homeowners, small businesses and large commercial risks. The first three forums are as follows:

Long Island - Wednesday, February 20th
Manhattan - Thursday, February 21st
Albany - Monday, February 25th

The Department is especially interested in the views of consumers, business owners, insurance agents and brokers, and those who are actively involved in purchasing or procuring insurance coverages for small businesses.

For additional information on this public forum, please contact the Department at (212)480-5262.

President Bush's Clean Skies Initiative

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
As you know, yesterday President Bush announced his "Clean Skies" initiative. The Clean Skies proposal includes reductions in power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury of 73, 67 and 69 percent, respectively, by 2018. The President's global warming initiative is intended to achieve an 18 percent reduction in CO2 emissions over the next ten years. These reductions will be achieved largely through a market-based cap and trading program. The proposal includes a number of other measures, including increased funding for climate change research.

To learn more about the president's proposal, you can access the official White House briefing material at these web sites: