Small Business Regulatory Relief Update

In the beginning of November, A.8205-B McDonald/S.4120-B Akshar (small business regulatory relief) was delivered to the Governor. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed this legislation citing the following concerns:


  • the exemption for violations of public health and safety is too narrow, it should apply to criminal matters as well
  • it would delay “prompt compliance” with sexual harassment and/or discrimination claims
  • it includes “several ambiguous provisions which would result in varying interpretations and inconsistent application across state agencies.”

Unshackle Upstate had issued a memo in support of this bill towards the end of the last legislative session. This legislation would have been a big win for small businesses in our area.


We will be advocating with other pro-business organizations to see similar legislation move forward in 2019.

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