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Government Affairs Albany Update

May 6, 2005

Assembly Passes Breach of Security Bill

The Assembly passed A.4254 (Brennan) this week. The bill amends the state technology law to require any state agency or business which owns or licenses a computerized database which includes vulnerable personal information shall disclose any breach of security of such system to any resident of New York state whose unencrypted personal information may have been acquired by an unauthorized person; provides enforcement provisions. The bill is sponsored in the Senate (S.2161) by Senator Fuschillo.

There are numerous other pieces of legislation that have been introduced that affect breaches of security:


  • S.3000-A in the Senate -- 04/12/2005 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING CALENDAR 530.
  • A.5487-B in the Assembly - 03/22/2005 amend (t) and recommit to codes 03/22/2005 print number 5487b.


  • S.3492 in the Senate - 03/28/2005 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING CALENDAR 319.
  • A.5487-B in the Assembly - 03/30/2005 referred to consumer affairs and protection


  • S.3494 in the Senate - 04/04/2005 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING CALENDAR 409.
  • A.7349 in the Assembly - 04/14/2005 referred to consumer affairs and protection.


  • S.3141 in the Senate - 03/08/2005 REFERRED TO BANKS
  • A.1525 in the Assembly - 01/20/2005 referred to banks


  • S.2161 in the Senate - 02/09/2005 REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • A.4254 in the Assembly - 04/07/2005 advanced to third reading cal.196


  • S.4978 in the Senate - 04/18/2005 REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • No companion in the Assembly.


  • S.2906 in the Senate - 03/01/2005 REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • No companion in the Assembly.


  • No companion in the Senate.
  • A.6688 in the Assembly - 03/18/2005 referred to governmental operations

Energy Panel - Government Law Center Breakfast

The Government Law Center of the Albany Law School will be conducting a panel entitled "Energy Infrastructure: New York's Engine for Growth" at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 in the Assembly Parlor, 3rd Floor of the State Capitol in Albany. The event is part of the Warren Anderson Legislative breakfast Seminar Series, and is accredited for one hour of nontransitional CLE credit in the area of "Professional Practice".

Panelists include:

Michael Calviou, V P of Transmission and Regulation, National Grid U.S.A.
Garry Brown, VP of Strategic Development, NYISO
David Manning, Sr. VP of Corporate Affairs, KeySpan

The panel will be moderated by Howard Shapiro, President and CEO of the Energy Association of New York State. The program is free of charge, but space is limited, so you must call the Government Law Center at (518)445-3259 to register.

New NY Tax Reporting Requirement to be Addressed at Conference on State Taxation on June 2

Part N of Laws of 2005 Chapters 61 and 63, signed April 12 and April 13, respectively, requires: "Every taxpayer ... who participates in a New York reportable transaction for a taxable year must disclose such participation with its return or report required to be filed under Article 9, 9-A, 22, 32, or 33 ... for the taxable year in a form prescribed by the commissioner, and provide such other information related to such transaction as prescribed by the commissioner. A New York reportable transaction is a transaction that has the potential to be a tax avoidance transaction as determined by the commissioner." Analysis of and insight into the Commissioner's determinations re the above requirement will be presented and explained at the Tax Shelter Reporting Provisions session at the Conference on State Taxation at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs at 8:30 a.m. on June 2.