This Week in Government Affairs

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
August 23, 2017


Annual Meeting Reminder

We look forward to seeing our Government Affairs Committee members at the 2017 Annual Meeting. If you plan on attending, you may want to make your room reservations today, as our room block will be released today.  Reservations should me made directly with The Sagamore using group code BCNYS2017, or call 866.385.6221 and identify yourself as being with The Business Council of New York State, Inc. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future of New York State Business” and you will hear from top-flight experts in transportation, health care, cyber security and much, much more. The agenda is coming together and includes speakers like our Opening Keynote: Gabrielle BoschéThe Millennial Solution and Beth SmithGeneral Manager, IBM Watson AI, IBM Corporation and much more. You do not want to miss this Annual Meeting. Registration is available here.

Proposed Lobby Regulations

Two new regulations proposed by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) were published in today’s (8/23/17) State Register, with a 45 day public comment period. The Business Council is requesting input from member companies as we prepare comments in advance of the October 16, 2017 submission deadline. The Business Council submitted comments on initial draft rules circulated last fall, and testified at JCOPE’s 12/7/16 public hearing. Our comments and testimony, as well as those submitted by other organizations, are all posted on the JCOPE website here.

Please feel free to contact ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org, or 518-694-4460 (new direct dial number) with any questions or comments.

The proposed Part 943 is a compilation of regulatory provisions addressing definitions, client reporting, lobbyist registration and reporting, procurement lobbying and other provisions. Key issues/provisions include the following:

JCOPE is also proposing amendments to its existing Part 938 rule regarding “source of funding” disclosure, which is made consistent with provisions of Part 943, and updates provisions related to requests for exemption from this disclosure mandate. Our concerns regarding Part 938 mostly apply to pre-existing provisions on calculating the source of funding threshold, which result in a significant over-reporting of lobbying income.