Update from The Business Council - April 23, 2013
Environment and Energy
S.3057 (Lavalle)/A.3885 (Thiele), Oppose, Establishes the Solar Feed-in Tariff Pilot Program - This legislation establishes the solar feed-in tariff pilot program and directs the Long Island Power Authority to pay all costs associated with the interconnection of solar energy generation facilities.
A.1046 (Sweeney) / S.674 (Avella), Oppose, Uniform Treatment of Waste – This legislation would require waste produced from oil and natural gas activities to be classified as “hazardous”.
S.3466 (Avella) / A.6220 (Colton), Oppose, Oil and Gas Drilling Labor Mandates – This legislation would institute a separate series of work place standards for oil and gas worker and their contractors.
A.6558 (Sweeney), Oppose, Preparation for Sea Level Rise - This legislation requires the consideration of future climate risk including sea level rise projections and other weather-related data.
Workers' Compensation Law
S.1745 (Robach)/A.2653 (Simotas), Oppose, Relates to Prescription Prices and Pharmecies for Injured Employees - This legislation would reduce the cost-saving benefit of pharmaceutical networks in the workers' compensation system by allowing claimants to by-ass network pharmacies.
S.76 (Peralta), Oppose, Relates to Permanent Total Disability - This legislation would amend the workers' compensation law to presume permanent total disability for claimants who are found eligible for federal social security disability benefits.
S.3478 (Gipson) / A.5174 (Cahill), Oppose, Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Related Pathogen Coverage Mandate and Workers' Comp Presumption - This legislation would require health insurance companies to provide long term medical care for lyme disease and othe rtick borne related pathogens.
A.5692 (Gottfried) / S.3690 (Hannon), Oppose, Collective Negotiations by Health Care Providers - This bill would require collective negotiations by health care providers with certain health benefit plans.
S.4526 (Hannon) / A.6519 (Silver), Oppose, Creates the Freelancers Health Plan Demonstration Program - This legislation creates a new exception from the community rating law for the Freelancers Union, allowing only that organization the opportunity to offer experience rated insurance products.