Government Affairs Council Update

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
December 22, 2017

Legislative Update

New Legislation

Gubernatorial Actions – Governor Cuomo recently approved several bills of interest to Business Council members. They include:

Governor Cuomo recently vetoed legislation of interest to Business Council members.

Federal Tax Reform
There are a number of summaries of the Federal tax reform bill being circulated. Here are several for your reference. We will continue to post summaries and analysis, including impacts on the New York State tax code, as they become available.
Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

Regulatory Update

JCOPE Modified Rules
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has circulated amended versions of its new comprehensive lobby rules and its existing source of funding rules. JCOPE may vote on final versions of these rules as early as its next scheduled meeting on January 30, 2018. Key issues of interest include:

The Business Council will be discussing these proposals with JCOPE staff and providing additional input.
Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

SLU Guidelines
The Business Council has submitted comments to the Workers’ Compensation Board for its November 22nd draft of the Impairment Guidelines. Permanent Impairment Guidelines must to be adopted by the WCB by January 1, 2018.
Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg

Senate Hearing on Scheduling Rules
The State Senate’s Commerce Committee and ARRC will be holding an invitation-only public hearing on the Department of Labor’s proposed rules for employee scheduling and call-in pay. The hearing will be January 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York, and will focus on the rule’s potential economic impact. The Business Council will be participating. We have already received considerable input as we develop our formal comments on the Department’s rule. The SAPA comment period on these proposed regulations closes on January 8, 2018. Please contact Frank Kerbein to discuss the proposal or provide input.