This Week in Government Affairs
June 1, 2016
The countdown is on, with just nine session days left, counting today, and full committee agendas before both legislative houses. Here is an overview of key legislation our advocacy staff is working on this week.
We are supporting:
- S.4108-C (Seward), which establishes insurance requirements for “transportation network companies” such as Uber and Lyft, a step to authorizing their statewide expansion.
- S.5126-A (Amedore), same as A.7339-A (Brindisi), which regulates home improvement contractors conduct when making repairs covered by homeowner’s insurance.
- S.6090 (Little), which establishes statewide standards for the review of wireless facility siting, and provides expedited review for certain wireless facility upgrade projects.
- S.6307-A (O’Mara), same as A.8617-A (Morelle), authorizing the on premise sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday mornings, a measure strongly supported by a wide range of our hospitality industry members.
- S.7728 (Boyle) /A.10248 (Steck), which clarifies the State Liquor Authority’s ability to bring enforcement actions related to perceived violations of other states’ liquor laws.
- S.7886 (Griffo), legislation proposed by The Business Council, which allows utilities and ESCOs to sell electricity exempt from Clean Energy Standard charges to business customers.
- S.7536 (Seward) /A.10267 (Cahill), which establishes within the Department of Financial Services a state insurance advisory board, similar to the State Charter Bank Advisory Board.
We are opposing:
- A.251 (Weinstein), same as S.563 (DeFrancisco), which allows the indirect recovery a from third party defendant.
- A.2597 (Brennan), same as S.1034 (Avella), which mandates a PSC study of fiber optic cable television systems, imposing new compliance costs on service providers and their customers.
- A.2462 (Bronson), same as S.7431 (Martins), which mandates workers’ compensation coverage for treatment by acupuncturists.
- A.774 (Rodriguez), same as S.3616 (Funke) which allows the state to deposit funds in credit unions, which enjoy tax advantages over commercial banks.
- A.1329 (Weinstein), same as S.4223 (Seward), which establishes an unnecessary private right of action for alleged unfair insurance settlement practices.
- A.2320-B (Dinowitz), same as S.6435 (Rivera), which would require state-specific health “warnings” on certain sweetened beverages.
- A.9956 (Dinowitz), which prohibits mandatory arbitration agreements in consumer and employment 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.
- Action Alert in Support of P-TECH
The Business Council has launched an e-advocacy campaign in support of S.7496 (Marcellino)/A.10024 (Nolan), legislation that would provide $25 million in appropriations for P-TECH and early college high school programs, and amend education law to formally establish both programs in statute. This legislation is critical in order to foster existing partnerships and ensure that they have the funding they need to prepare students for college and the workforce. The Business Council urges business leaders to contact the New York State Senate and Assembly and express support for this important legislation. Click here to use our e-advocacy program, and your message of support will go to your state Senator and Assembly member.
- ABCL program bill unveiled
Governor Cuomo unveiled new legislation revamping the state’s alcoholic beverage law, following a recent report issued by the State Liquor Authority (SLA). The full report can be accessed here. Key provisions include: expanded Sunday sales for onsite consumption; modernized licensing provisions; reduced requirements for craft producers; allowing for the sale of wine in “growlers;” and reduced fees for craft beverage salespeople and small wholesalers. These proposals are supported by our hospitality and spirits industry members; legislation addressing expanded Sunday sales is already being addressed through separate legislation. One bill, S.6307-A (O'Mara) /A.8617-A (Morelle), would permit any person licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to apply to the SLA for a permit to remain open on Sunday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. A second bill is narrower; S.6982 (Lanza)/A.9668 (Benedetto) would also permit Sunday hours of operations but would limit the hours from between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with a limited number of permits to be issued for additional hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Business Council has issued memos in support of these bills, with a strong preference for the broader O’Mara/Morelle proposal.
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If you would like to discuss end-of-session priorities, please contact The Business Council’s GAC staff.
- Upcoming Contract Procurement Committee meeting
The Business Council’s Contract Procurement Committee will meet on Thursday, July 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Albany. Brad Allen, deputy commissioner and counsel at the Office of General Services, will answer questions on the new Appendix B.
- 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.
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Please click here for information on The Business Council’s regulatory agenda.
- ECLC annual luncheon
The Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC) is hosting its 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 8, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wolferts Roost Country Club in Albany. Bill Millett, president of Scope Strategic Advantage, is ECLC’s keynote speaker. Click here for more information and to register.