Summary of the 2014 Legislative Session

To use a sports analogy, the Legislative Session went into overtime as the Legislature and Governor worked to hammer out deals on some outstanding issues, including a package of bills aimed at combating the heroin and opioid epidemic, medical marijuana and teacher evaluations. Legislation related to these three areas required messages of necessity from the Governor to waive the three day aging process that is otherwise required. In the end, the Assembly worked into the wee hours of Friday morning to wrap up its business, while the Senate worked through Friday, adjourning at 9:38 p.m. bringing a close to the 2014 Legislative Session.

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2014-15 Executive Budget Update

April 2, 2014
By Richard Gallo and Jamie Papapetros

The Senate and Assembly passed the budget bills comprising the $138 billion budget Monday and the Governor has signed them into law. NYSPA is proud to report that it achieved many favorable outcomes, including the defeat of efforts to eliminate prescriber prevails in Medicaid, prior authorization requirements for off-label prescribing in Medicaid, as well as a proposal to allow for the establishment of retail clinics (without a statutory exclusion for providing mental health services), while also securing an additional $450,000 in funding for the Veterans’ Mental Health Primary Care Training Initiative, conducted by NYSPA, MSSNY and the National Association of Social Workers – NYS, and major out-of-network insurance reforms.

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Summary of Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal

The Governor presented his $142.1 billion Executive Budget Proposal for fiscal years 2014-15 on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, a growth of $1.3 billion or 0.9 percent.

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Summary of the 2013 Legislative Session

The regular 2013 Legislative Session concluded at the end of June.  NYSPA had several important successes along with more work ahead on several priority issues.

Legislation Supported

SAFE Act – Although there were no changes made to the mental health reporting provisions of the SAFE Act, NYSPA’s continued advocacy has laid the ground work for future action.

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Memorandum in Opposition to S.3481 (same as A.801)

This bill would amend New York State’s limited liability company law, business corporation law, and partnership law to authorize

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