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2008 LEGISLATIVE WRAPUP

Following is The Business Council's End of Session Wrap Up. If you have any questions, you may contact the staff person mentioned for that particular subject at (518)465-7511.

CONSTRUCTION

“FIX WICKS” - Repeals project labor agreement (PLA) requirement in Wicks Law
S.8321 (Winner) / A11397 (Schimminger)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Labor Committee

Prevailing Wage Mandate on Off-Site Custom Fabrication
S.6797 (Marcellino) / A.6598-A (John)
Senate Third Reading Calendar; Assembly Third Reading Calendar

Waterfront Commission of NY/NJ Hiring Practices
S.182 (Alesi) / A.3593 (Farrell)
Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, Assembly Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee

CONTRACT PROCUREMENT

Extension of and Enhancements to the Procurement Stewardship Act
S.8684 (Rules) / A.11738 (Destito)
Passed Both Houses
Delivered to the Governor June 25

Small Businesses Preferences
S.3581 (Flanagan) / A.6906 (Koon)
Passed Both Houses

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Dividend Payments
S.7349 (Skelos) / A.10825 (Brodsky)
Passed Both Houses

Election of Directors
S.7350 (Skelos) / A.10824 (Brodsky)
Passed Both Houses

Shareholder Remote Participation
S.2152-B (Libous) / A.1350-B (Brodsky)
Senate Corporations Committee; Passed Assembly

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Brownfield Tax Credits
S.8717 (Marcellino) / A.11768 (Rules @ Request of Sweeney)
Passed Both Houses

IDA “Reform”
S.8672 (Maziarz) / A.8703-a (Hoyt)
Senate Rules Committee; Passed Assembly

Tax Increment Financing
S.371 (Young) / A.2358-A (Schimminger)
Passed Senate; Assembly Ways & Means Committee

ENERGY

Zone Pricing of Gasoline
S.175-A (Alesi) / A.5701-A (Brodsky)
Senate Calendar; Passed Assembly

Utility Call Centers
S.2007 (Volker) / A.606 (Cahill)
Passed Both Houses

Liquefied Natural Gas Transportation Moratorium
S.6265 (LaValle) / A.9022 (Alessi)
Senate Transportation Committee; Assembly Calendar

Tax Abatements for Industrial & Commercial Work on Properties in New York City
S.6366-A (Padavan) / A.11586 Rules (Silver)
Passed Both Houses; Sent to Governor on 6/25/08

Streetcutter Prevailing Wage
S.7916-A (Padavan) / A.10774 (Gianaris)
Passed Both Houses

Greenhouse Gas cap
S.8390 (Morahan)
Senate Rules Committee

ENVIRONMENT

Brownfields Cleanup Program
S.8717 (Marcellino) / A.11768 (Sweeney)
Passed Both Houses

Electronics Waste Recycling
S.7563 (Marcellino) / A.8444-B (Sweeney)
Senate Rules Committee; Passed Assembly

RCRA/Chemical/Petroleum Bulk Storage
S.6055-A (Marcellino) / A.9019-A (Sweeney)
Passed Both Houses

Expanded Bottle Bill
S.5850-A (Marcellino) / A.8044-A (Sweeney) at request of the Governor
Senate Rules Committee; Passed Assembly

Greenhouse Gas Cap
S.8390 (Morahan) and A.10303 (Sweeney)
Senate Rules Committee; Passed Assembly

Cancer Incidence Mapping Program
S.1592-B (Libous) / A.1143-B (Brodsky)
Passed Both Houses

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Martin Act
S.6037-B (Libous) / A.1369-B (Brodsky)
Senate Calendar; Assembly Calendar

Position of "Employees" for Blanket and Health Insurance
S.3964-C (Seward) / A.7120-B (Gianaris)
Passed Both Houses

Authorizes Issuance of Group Keyperson Life Insurance
S.5138-A (Seward) / A.7896-A (Destito)
Passed Both Houses

Mandated Disclosures Prior to the Sale of an Annuity
S.7005-A (Padavan) / A.10002-A (Carrozza)
Senate Calendar; Assembly Insurance Committee

Mortgage Lending
S.8143-A (Farley) / A.10817-A (Towns)
Passed Both Houses

One Year Moratorium on Mortgage Foreclosures
S.6724-B (Padavan) / A.9695-B (Brennan)
Senate Judiciary Committee; Passed Assembly

Would impose a year long moratorium on mortgage foreclosures.

GOVERNMENT REFORM

Moratorium on Renegotiating Public Employee Retiree Health Benefits
S.6457-A (Farley) / A.9393-A (Abbate)
Passed Both Houses

Local Governments Trusts to Accumulate Assets for Other Post-Employment Benefits
S.8383 (Little)
Senate Rules Committee

Authorizes the State and Certain Local Governments to Establish Trusts to Accumulate Assets for Public Employee Post-Retirement Benefits
S.8384 (Johnson) / A.11411 (Rules: Abbate)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Governmental Employees Committee

HEALTH

Marketing Restrictions on Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Manufacturers
Governor's Program Bill #55
S.8556 (Rules) / A.11187 (Gottfried)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Codes Committee

S.2971-C (Maziarz) / A.7468-A (Gottfried)
Senate Health Committee; Assembly Third Reading

S.4741-A (Hannon) / A.10877 (Gottfried)
Senate Health Committee; Assembly Codes Committee

Small Business Health Insurance
S.3958-A (Seward) / A.10373 (Weprin)
Senate Finance Committee; Assembly Ways & Means

Timothy's Law Mandate Expansion
S.6818 (Morahan) / A.10078 (P. Rivera)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Insurance Committee

Product Labeling
S.6281 (Lanza) / A.9281-A (Titone)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Consumer Affairs & Protection Committee

Multiple Employer Trusts Community Rating Exception
S.8225 (Volker) / A.11176 (Schroeder)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Insurance Committee

Wellness Programs
S.4675-A (Hannon) / A.10884-A (Morelle)
Passed Both Houses

Health Insurance Premium Integrity Act
S.8354-B (Seward) / A.11680-A (Morelle)
Passed Senate; Assembly Rules Committee

Short-term Health Insurance Policies
S.8357 (Seward) / A.11485 (Morelle)
Passed Both Houses

HEALTH INSURANCE (SMALL BUSINESS & CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RELATED)

Extension of Premium Differential Rate Cap for Group Coverage for Sole Proprietors
S. 7550 (Seward) /A. 10656 (Morelle)
Passed Both Houses

Healthy New York Eligibility
S.6385-A (Alesi) / A.395-A (Morelle)
Passed Both Houses

LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Paid Family Leave
S.5821 (Morahan) and A.9245 (Silver)
Senate Labor Committee; Assembly Labor Committee
Both have provisions of the Governor's Program bill # 28, introduced in 2007

Comparison chart with Federal Family Medical Leave
Other Paid Family Leave Information

Paid Family Leave
S.8428 / No same as
Senate Rules Committee

Restrict the Assignment of Overtime for Nurses
S.8637 (Morahan) / A.11711 (Gunther)
Passed Both Houses

State Level Plant Closing Notification Requirement (WARN)
S.8212 (Robach) / A.10847 (Eddington)
Passed Both Houses

Increase State Minimum Wage
A.9168-A (Silver)
Assembly Labor Committee

Increase Maximum Disability Insurance benefit
S.1952 (Leibell) / A.6927 (Nolan)
Senate Labor Committee; Assembly Labor Committee

OTHER ISSUES

Commission to Study and Make Recommendations on Fair Competition in Outdoor Recreation Industry
S.6835-B (Seward) / A.10123-A (Destito)
Passed Both Houses

Children's Product Safety & Recall Effectiveness Act
S.8297 (Fuschillo) / A.11316 (Pheffer) @ Request of the Governor
Passed Both Houses

“Jobs And Trade Act”
S.4786-A (Maziarz) / A.8567-A (Colton)
Passed Senate; Assembly Rules Committee

Use of Unemployment Insurance Wage Data by State Agencies
S.8206 (Robach) / A.10848 (John) @ Request of Department of Labor
Passed Both Houses

TAXATION AND REAL PROPERTY TAXES

Real Property Tax Cap
S.8720-A (Rules)
Senate Rules Committee

RPT Circuit Breaker
S.1053-A (Little) / A.1575-A (Galef)
Senate Finance Committee; Assembly Ways & Means Committee

Financial Services ITC
S.8681 (Golden) / A.11736 (Rules @ request of Silver)
Passed Both Houses

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Transition
S.8633 (Rules) / A.11599 (Bing)
Passed Both Houses

REITs
S.8462 (Skelos) / A.11522 (Rules @ request of Morelle)  
Passed Both Houses

TELECOMMUNICATION

Net Regulation
S.7664-B (Maziarz) / A.11008 (Brodsky)
Passed Senate; Assembly Corporation and Authorities Committee

TORT REFORM

Expanding Recovery of Non-Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Action
S.1266 (DeFrancisco) / A.6420 (Weinstein)
Senate Judiciary Committee; Assembly Judiciary Committee

Prejudgment Interest on Personal Injury Cases
S.6365 (Senator Maltese 2007) Enacting Clause Stricken
Not Active in Current Season

Discovery of Evidence
S.5256-B (DeFrancisco) / A.8691-B (Lancman)
Senate Codes Committee; Passed Assembly

Circumventing Workers' Compensation
S.2065 (DeFrancisco) / A.6310 (Weinstein)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Third Reading Calendar

Giving Trial Lawyers More Than What Juries Award
S.7482 (DeFrancisco) / A.9157 (Weinstein)
Senate Rules Committee; Assembly Third Reading Calendar

 “Scaffold Law” Reform
S.4317 (Volker)
Senate Codes Committee

TRANSPORTATION

Reforms the Arcane Hiring Practices of the Waterfront Commission of NY/NJ
S.182 (Alesi)
Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee;
Assembly Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

Increase UI Benefits; Increase Taxable Wage Base
S.8718 (Rules) Governor's Program Bill #75
A.11642 (John)
Senate Rules; Assembly Ways & Means Committee

Changing the Method of Charging UI Benefits to Responsible Employers
S.8213 (Robach) / A.10849 (John)
Passed Senate; Assembly Rules Committee

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Self Insured Groups
S.8708 (Rules) / A.11756 (John)
Passed Both Houses

Filing of Claims
S.7849 (Robach) / A.4128 (Perry)
Passed Both Houses

ATF
S.6416 (Rules)
Senate Labor Committee

Board Notification
S.8400 (Robach) / A.11700 (John)
Passed Both Houses

Lyme Disease
S.2038 (LaValle) / A.3897 (Brodsky)
Passed Both Houses

World Trade Center
S.8676 (Golden) / A.11730 (Rules @ Request of Silver)
Passed Both Houses