This Week in Government Affairs
November 14, 2014
- Assembly Health Committee Hearings
The dates have been changed for several of the New York State Assembly Health Committee hearings on Assemblyman Gottfried’s single payer healthcare proposal. Click here to view the new dates.
- RCRA for Retailers
The Department of Environmental Conservation is reaching out to retailers, including pharmacies, regarding their legal obligations under the federal “Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,” or RCRA, related to the management of materials considered to be hazardous on disposal. The Department indicated that they will be issuing hazardous waste guidance for retailers within the next month, and will be adopting a policy giving retailers a window of time to come into full compliance with regulations governing hazardous waste handling and disposal requirements. Additional information on this issue is available here. The Business Council is also developing additional outreach efforts for our retail member. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bulk Storage Rules
The Business Council’s Environment Committee recently submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Conservation on its proposed update of its regulations on chemical and petroleum bulk storage regulations and used oil management (6 NYCRR Parts 595-599, 612-614, 370, 374-2). The Business Council expressed support for the Department’s efforts to make the Petroleum and Chemical Bulk Storage rules comport with federal regulation governing underground storage tanks and, and to consolidate and simplify compliance requirements. The Business Council made several recommendations to further clarify the proposed rule, with a focus on proposed amendments to the regulations governing USTs and the spill reporting provisions to the CBS rules. Our comments are available here. Staff contact: email@example.com
- Pathways to graduation
The State Education Department’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Content Advisory Panel has proposed amendments to SED regulations relating to graduation and assessments were published in the New York State Register on November 5. The Business Council will be submitting comments on the proposed regulations and welcomes member input. Specifically, the regulations allow for a “4+1” option that allow students to take four Regents exams and technical, arts or other assessment of comparable rigor.
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Please note the following additional items of interest:
- Second round of P-TECH winners announced
Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced winners of the second round of New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH partnerships). Click here to see the winner partnerships.
- LRANY meeting
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York is holding its Annual Meeting and Scaffold Law Reform Summit on November 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Wolf Road in Albany. Click here for more information.
- CTE recommendations
The New York State Educational Conference Board recently published a white paper with recommendations on a CTE pathway to graduation. The board proposes: Providing students access to fully-funded programs that would allow for multiple pathways; allowing for the substitution of one CTE assessment for one of the five required Regents exams; aligning CTE courses to state and industry standards; ensuring CTE course content provides for a balanced integration of technical and academic knowledge; and creating data collection systems to drive CTE program improvement while assuring privacy protections.