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End of 2015 Legislative Session Summary

Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

The 2015 New York State legislative session was a mostly positive one for business. Both the budget and end-of-session negotiations produced pro-business reforms, and with no significant, adverse bills receiving two house passage. The end of session negotiations produced a four-year extension of the state’s real property tax cap, as well as positive legislation addressing workers’ compensation issues, improvements in the state’s contract procurement procedures, and rules governing commercial insurance markets. At the same time, our advocacy efforts were successful in stopping proposals such as the so-called “Child Safe Product’s Act” that would have created an onerous new state-level chemical use and regulation process, and other proposals that would have added new costs and new restrictions on the state’s business community.

Our issue-by-issue summary of the post-budget session is provided below. Our thanks to all Business Council members that worked with us on our advocacy efforts during the 2015 legislative session. Please contact our Government Affairs staff with any questions or comments.

Construction/Transportation

Staff contact: Frank Kerbein

Passed Both Houses

Not Approved

Consumer Affairs

Passed Both Houses

Not Approved

Contract Procurement

Passed Both Houses

Not Approved

Economic Development

Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

Passed Both Houses

Not Approved

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Energy

Staff contact: Darren Suarez

Passed Both Houses

Environment

Staff contact: Darren Suarez

Passed Both Houses

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Financial Services

Not Approved

Health / Health Insurance

Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg

Passed Both Houses


Not Approved

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Labor

Staff contact: Frank Kerbein

Passed Both Houses

Not Approved

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Lawsuit Reform

Staff contact:Lev Ginsburg

Not Approved.

Taxation / Revenue / Tax Credits

Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

Passed Both Houses

This multi-part bill contains several tax provisions:

Technology/Telecommunications

Not Approved

Tourism

Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

Not Approved

 

Workers’ Compensation

Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg

Passed Both Houses

Not Approved

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