2003 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM - SMALL BUSINESS
Following is The Business Council's 2003 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2003.
proposals to make health insurance more affordable by a) allowing employers
to purchase a foundation plan free of some Insurance mandates, b) creating
a health insurance tax credit, and c) opposing new mandates and creating
a cost-benefit commission.
legislative measures to a) increase the jurisdictional limit of the
small claims and commercial claims parts of District Courts and upstate
City Courts from $3,000 to $5,000 and b) amend laws governing jurisdictional
limits of the Justice Courts, by increasing both the jurisdictional
limits of their regular parts and their small claims parts, from $3,000
initiatives which clearly define the term "Independent Contractor".
- Support comprehensive legislation reforming New York State's costly civil justice system.
the Workers' Compensation Law to limit the payment of benefits in permanent
partial disability cases to a period not to exceed 500 weeks, and implement
reasonable objective medical guidelines for the determination of disability
electronic commerce, but oppose any mandates on all businesses.
- Support the collection of state and local taxes on tobacco and motor fuels sold by Native American tribal stores to non-Native Americans.