This Week in Government Affairs
May 19, 2014
Legislation on the Senate Health Agenda this week includes legislation - S.7166 (Hannon) that would impose another expensive mandate on health plans. Specifically, this bill would require health plans that sell coverage on the state health exchange to essentially renegotiate with doctors and sign explicit contracts for those doctors to participate in networks on the state health exchange. The Business Council has issued a memo in opposition to this bill. Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg
We are opposing legislation - S.4438 (Marcellino)/A.4791 (Titone) that would preclude the state from entering into a procurement contract with a vendor whose employees or independent contractors working on the contract were party to a mandatory arbitration program that included Article VII civil rights claims. It has passed the Assembly, and was approved by the Senate Finance Committee last week. We are seeking additional input from members that could be adversely affected by this prohibition.
- Lawsuit Reform
We are also opposing another bill reported in the Senate S.555-A (DeFrancisco)/A.1002-A (Weinstein), which would allow a plaintiff to obtain an indirect recovery from a third-party-defendant when that plaintiff’s judgment against an original defendant was not satisfied within thirty days of the judgment being served, even in cases when the Statute of Limitations has expired for any claim the plaintiff could traditionally bring against the third-party defendant, exposing the third-party-defendant to open-ended liabilities and reversing long standing legal restraints. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
Bill memos - The legislative memo section on The Business Council’s website includes updated information on bills of interest and/or concern to members.
Please visit the The Business Council’s Regulatory Agenda page for more information
Please note the following additional items of interest:
- Career and technical education
Last week, The Business Council’s Board of Directors agreed unanimously to support a career and technical education (CTE) pathway. Please click here to sign on to The Business Council’s open letter to the Board of Regents.
- Travel and tourism
Governor Cuomo hosted the second NYS Tourism Summit on Wednesday and unveiled the latest I Love NY ads, which feature celebrities including Robert DeNiro, Meryl Strep, Billy Joel and Michael Strahan. The Governor also announced funding increases to tourism marketing initiatives and new outdoor recreation specific initiatives. The press release can be viewed here.