2017-12-27 / Features

Simotas’ Small Business Bills Signed Into Law By Cuomo


Assembly Member Aravella Simotas’ three bills help small businesses by increasing transparency, public participation and the reduction of red tape involved in compliance with regulations. Assembly Member Aravella Simotas’ three bills help small businesses by increasing transparency, public participation and the reduction of red tape involved in compliance with regulations. Small businesses in New York State will be getting some relief from red tape, thanks to a package of three bills authored by Assembly Member Aravella Simotas which have been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new laws will also increase transparency and public participation in agency rulemaking. Simotas sponsored the bills as Chair of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission.

“As the daughter of a small business owner I know firsthand how vital small businesses are to the economic health of our communities and our state. My bills will help to create a healthier environment in New York for small business and to ensure that regulatory agencies are more user-friendly,” said Assembly Member Simotas.

One of the bills, signed by the governor on December 18, helps small businesses to comply with regulations by requiring state agencies to create plain language guides that would include information on the most common regulatory violations that small businesses are cited for by the agency, and actions that small businesses can take to minimize or prevent the occurrence of violations.

“Small business guides will improve compliance with necessary regulation to ensure public health and safety without hurting the health or strangling the growth of small businesses,” Simotas said.

A second bill, signed on December 13, extends to a minimum of 60 days the time to review and comment on rules proposed by state agencies, enabling greater participation by businesses and the public. The prior mandate was only 45 days for many state agencies.

The third bill, signed on September 12, brings agency rulemaking into the 21st century. The law will let people email their requests for notices of proposed new rules, rather than having to mail them conventionally. Agencies in turn would be required to send rulemaking notices electronically, rather than by “snail mail,” when people ask them to do so.

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