It’s been eight weeks since the New York legislative session ended and a number of bills are now about to cross Governor Hochul’s desk. ECA believes some of the bills that are awaiting the Governor’s signature are duplicative of existing statutes and/or create additional burdens for our members and the industry as a whole. As such, we have written letters and joined with other groups asking Governor Hochul to veto a few of those bills. Our first letter this week discussed S8435/A8449, which amends the business corporation law and the limited liability company law in relation to requiring certain companies and corporations to report certain data regarding the gender, race, and ethnicity of their employees. ECA believes that this legislation is unnecessary and duplicative of Executive Order 162 as well as the EEO-1 information that is required to be filed with the New York Secretary of State. Click here to read ECA’s letter. The second letter we wrote this week asks for a veto on S5994C/A1338C, which creates a registration system within the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Public Works for contractors and subcontractors seeking to bid on public or covered private contracts. We also signed on to a group letter with nearly 50 other entities from across the state to oppose this legislation. ECA believes that this legislation is duplicative of systems that are already in place and covered by the New York State Vendor Responsibility System (VendRep), which is administered by the Comptroller’s Office. We also believe that it is an unnecessary regulatory hurdle that will further delay the contracting process. Click here to read ECA’s letter and here to read the joint letter. Staff and our legislative consultants continue to monitor bills and topics of interest to the ECA membership and will keep you updated. If you have any questions, please contact Todd Helfrich (firstname.lastname@example.org / 518-869-0961).