Government Affairs Update
Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
May 1, 2017
Annual Conference on State Taxation
The Business Council’s annual state tax conference is on Thursday, May 11. Sessions will focus on proposed Federal tax reforms, new NYS Department of Taxation and Finance rules on net operating losses, an overview of tax law changes adopted – and rejected – in the FY 2018 budget, and others. Presentations will be by state and federal tax experts, including Tax Department officials, tax practitioners and tax policy advocates. CLE and CLU credits are offered. Please register on line or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder, The Business Council’s downtown office has relocated to 111 Washington Avenue, Suite 400, Albany, New York 12210. This is the new home for our Executive, Government Affairs, Communications and Events staff. Our general phone numbers remain the same, but some extensions have been updated.
Rest of Session Agenda
The Business Council has posted a list of bills and issues we will be working on the last two months of the 2017 legislative session. These include several regulatory issues, including implementation of Executive Order 162 and last year’s paid family leave act, plus a number of additional business climate improvement bills. Priorities include: authorizing CPA firms to have non-CPA minority ownership; promoting energy infrastructure investments; reducing the impact of energy assessments on energy-intensive business; adopting updates to the Business Corporation Law; and others. We will be continuously updating this list as the rest of session unfolds. Please contact me or other GAC staff members on these or other issues of interest.
Key Legislation This Week
As expected, we are seeing a number of Labor Law bills receiving legislative attention. Key legislation that we are working on this week include:
- S.3851 (LaValle)/A.3046 (Moya), would allow public accounting firms to incorporate in New York State with minority ownership by individuals who are not Certified Public Accountants. This practice is currently allowed in forty-seven states. It is on the Senate Higher Education Committee agenda. The Business Council is supporting. Staff contact: email@example.com
- S.2975 (Murphy)/A.5498 (Bronson), which, in proposing a statutory definition of “public works” for prevailing wage purposes, would impose prevailing wage on all projects receiving any level of public funding. It is on the Labor Committee agenda in each house. The Business Council is opposing. Staff contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- S.5044 (Hannon)/A.6831 (Englebright), would allow health care providers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including physicians, to collectively bargain with health plans, in effect allowing unrelated physicians to join together for the purpose of increasing their revenues under a new exemption to New York antitrust laws. It is on the Senate Heath Committee agenda. The Business Council is opposing. Staff contact: email@example.com
- S.1804 (Kennedy)/A.2170 (Peoples-Stokes), would penalize a business moving a portion of its call center operations overseas, by restricting their access to state contracts and loans, regardless of the size of its remaining in-state workforce, payroll and capital investment. It is on the Senate Labor Committee agenda. The Business Council is opposing. Staff contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A.7175 (Kavanagh), would require private arbitration organizations to collect, publish at least quarterly, and provide public access to certain information regarding arbitrations, imposing a mandate that duplicates existing programs implemented by the American Arbitration Association. It is on the Assembly Codes Committee agenda. The Business Council is opposing. Staff contact: email@example.com
- S.2191 (Parker)/A.4836 (Titus), would require employer to provide current and recent-past employees access to and, annually, copies of their employee records. It is on the Assembly Labor Committee agenda. The Business Council is opposing. Staff contact: firstname.lastname@example.org