Transportation Committee Update - June 5, 2013

Contact: Frank Kerbein

Transportation Fair Play Act Lobby Day

On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, The Business Council participated in a lobby day in Albany dedicated to educating state legislators and their staffs about the Transportation Industry Fair Play Act. This proposal, bill S.4589/A.5237, sponsored by Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Keith Wright, claims that there is widespread independent contractor misclassification abuse in our state's truck transportation industry, and would subject the many independent truck owner-operators in the state to an unrealistic set of tests to keep their independent contractor status. The Business Council has opposed the Fair Play Act for several years.

More than fifty owner-operators, trucking company owners, independent contractors and trade association staff broke into four teams and together visited almost two dozen Senate and Assembly members with the message to leave these small businesses alone.

The bill is currently on the Senate voting calendar and in the Assembly Labor Committee.

Public Private Partnership Report Released

With the Tappan Zee Bridge project advancing, the State Comptroller has released his second report on Public Private Partnerships. While not addressing specific New York State projects, the report discusses the benefits and problems of Public Private Partnerships across the country.