This Week in Government Affairs
May 23, 2016
As we move into the final four weeks of the 2016 session, legislative committees are considering significantly more bills each week – both good and bad. The following lists significant proposals The Business Council will be lobbying on this week.
We are supporting:
- S.7496 (Marcellino), on Senate Education Committee, which codifies the P-TECH program in statute, and makes additional funds available for their support in FY 2017 (State Education departmental bill).
- a trio of bills before the Senate Energy Committee, including S.5131 (DeFrancisco) which requires the PSC to study the impact of the “reinventing energy vision” (REV) initiative on business and residential customers; S.6517 (Akshar) which repeals the final year of the Section 18-A energy assessment; and S.7840 (Griffo) which allows high load factor customers to “self-direct” state imposed energy assessments to their own efficiency and alternative energy projects.
- two SEQR bills before the Senate EnCon Committee, S.5395 (Boyle) which makes statutory timetables mandatory on reviewing agencies and S.6932 (Amedore) which establishes additional timeframes for components of SEQR reviews.
- S.6982 (Lanza), on Senate Investigations, which authorizes alcohol sales for on-site consumption between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Sundays, a bill also supported by many hospitality venues.
- A.10156 (Schimminger), on Assembly Economic Development, which expands eligibility to participate in the excelsior jobs program.
- A.9241-A (Simanowitz), on Assembly Consumer Affairs, which regulations the practice of third-party lawsuit lending.
We are opposing:
- S.757-A (Kennedy), on Senate Labor, a long-standing proposal to put restrictions on the relocation or closure of call centers.
- S.6045-B (Savino), on Senate Civil Service/Pensions Committee. This bill would establish, and require employers to make available, a state-managed retirement savings program.
- S.7861 (Martins)/A.10141 (Bronson), on the Senate and Assembly Labor agendas, respectively, which would impose public works “prevailing wage” standards on most projects receiving any level of state financial support.
- A.3328 (Wright), on Assembly Labor, a recurring bill that would impose public work “prevailing wage” and “competent worker” mandates on projects requiring a road excavation permit.
- A.7876 (Titus) on Assembly Codes, which establishes an employee’s right to examine personnel records.
- A.251 (Weinstein), on Assembly Judiciary, which allows a prevailing plaintiff to recover against a third-party-defendant when that plaintiff's judgment against an original defendant was not satisfied in a timely manner.
- A.9956 (Dinowitz), on Assembly Consumer Affairs, which prohibits mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts.
As always, we welcome your input on our advocacy agenda. If you would like to discuss end-of-session priorities, please contact The Business Council’s GAC staff.
- Upcoming webinar on new DOL rule
The Business Council is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the long awaited, newly released changes to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standard Act. Frank Kerbein, director of the Center for Human Resources at The Business Council, will discuss how the new provisions will result in significant changes for many employers, along with the new rules and strategies for compliance. We will also recap the 2016 New York State Legislative Session and its impact on employers and their workforce. The webinar is free for Business Council members; the fee for non-members is $49. Click here for information and online registration for this and future labor/HR webinars.
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- Regents exams
The Business Council submitted a letter to the State Education Department expressing concern over draft regulations that would lower the Regents exam appeals scoreband by two points. Click here to view the letter.
Please click here for information on The Business Council’s regulatory agenda.