senate Bill S5659

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the division for small-business to compile an annual report on the state of small businesses

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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 23, 2013 approval memo.3
signed chap.451
Oct 11, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 13, 2013 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1372
substituted for s5659
Jun 13, 2013 substituted by a7483
Jun 12, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1372
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 31, 2013 referred to commerce, economic development and small business

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Jun 17, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S5659
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committee
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Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 12, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S5659
23
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committee
23
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
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Abstained
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S5659 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7483
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง134, Ec Dev L

S5659 - Bill Texts

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Requires the division for small-business to compile an annual report on the state of small businesses and to submit such report to the governor and legislature and to make the information available and searchable on the division's webpage.

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BILL NUMBER:S5659

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in
relation to requiring the division for small-business to compile an
annual report on the state of small businesses

PURPOSE:

This bill would require the development of an annual report to be
submitted to state leaders, containing but not being limited to
specific criteria related to small businesses and micro-businesses.
By including relevant small-business and micro-business data and
trends that are representative of the state the division of small
business can ensure that information is collected and available to
small business owners via the small business directory webpage. The
report's format shall be developed in consultation with actual small
business owners to ensure effective communication of data. The
division shall also include an analysis of the impact of local and
state regulations and laws that small businesses must adhere to.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends the economic development law section 134 by adding a
new subdivision 12 to require the division of small business to
compile an annual report on the state of small businesses,
particularly those with twenty-five employees or less which shall be
known as micro-businesses under the same subdivision. This report
would be submitted to the governor, the temporary president(s) of the
senate and the speaker of the assembly. This new subdivision lay out
base-line criteria for said report, while not restricting said report
to only such data. It would also require that the division collaborate
with local and state agencies to develop the annual report. The format
of said report shall be developed in consultation with various small
business owners to ensure the information collected, analyzed and
published for the purposes of this subdivision is representative of
all small businesses in the state.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Division of Small Businesses was created with the intent to
encourage small business development. To date, reports on small
business ownership and trends have inadequately bridged gaps between
data and reality in terms of small businesses. Moreover, accessibility
to this data has been severely hampered fox small and micro-business
owners. Data related to categories and trends over time has been
limited.

While larger businesses and companies can afford to research and
develop analyses on such data, small and micro-businesses do not
maintain the resources to do so, and therefore they are inherently at
a disadvantage.

While the state take steps to address discrepancies and provide small
businesses with a level-playing field, the lack of actionable
information and data severely limits any potential action or steps
such businesses may take to grow or expand. Things such as penalties
and fines that all businesses incur at one point or another have


drastically different consequence depending on the size of relevant
businesses. Access to such information in a timely manner, without
disruption of services, can help mitigate small and micro-businesses
start-up costs and issues.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5659

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic  Devel-
  opment and Small Business

AN  ACT  to amend the economic development law, in relation to requiring
  the division for small-business to compile an  annual  report  on  the
  state of small businesses

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 134 of the economic development law is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows:
  12. COMPILE AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESSES, PARTIC-
ULARLY  THOSE WITH TWENTY-FIVE EMPLOYEES OR LESS WHICH SHALL BE KNOWN AS
MICRO-BUSINESSES UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL,  ON  OR
BEFORE  FEBRUARY  FIRST,  TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER,
SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE  SENATE  AND  THE
SPEAKER  OF THE ASSEMBLY A REPORT THAT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED
TO, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR EACH CALENDAR YEAR:
  (A) THE GROWTH AND ECONOMIC TRENDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES  WHICH  MAY  BE
CATEGORIZED BY VARIOUS SMALL BUSINESS SIZES AND/OR SECTORS;
  (B) THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE VARIOUS SMALL BUSINESS SECTORS THROUGH-
OUT  NEW  YORK STATE, WHICH MAY BE CATEGORIZED BY VARIOUS SMALL BUSINESS
SIZES;
  (C) SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF EXISTING LOAN PROGRAMS;
  (D) SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH;
  (E) STATISTICAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESSES
BY VARIOUS SMALL BUSINESS SIZES AND/OR SECTORS;
  (F) AN ANALYSIS OF THE LOCAL AND STATE FINES AND PENALTIES THAT  SMALL
BUSINESSES  INCUR  WHICH  MAY  BE  CATEGORIZED BY VARIOUS SMALL BUSINESS
SIZES AND/OR SECTORS; AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10635-02-3

S. 5659                             2

  (G) AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF LOCAL AND STATE REGULATIONS AND  LAWS
THAT  SMALL BUSINESSES MUST ADHERE TO, WHICH MAY BE CATEGORIZED BY VARI-
OUS SMALL BUSINESS SIZES AND/OR SECTORS.
  THE  DIVISION SHALL COLLABORATE WITH OTHER STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES TO
DEVELOP THE ANNUAL REPORT. THE OFFICE SHALL MAINTAIN  AND  PUBLISH  SUCH
INFORMATION  ON  THE  SMALL  BUSINESS DIRECTORY WEBPAGE IN A MANNER THAT
ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO SEARCH THE  REPORT  BY  NAME,  DATE,  OR  TYPE  OF
STATISTICS.  THE  FORMAT  OF  THE  ANNUAL  REPORT  SHALL BE DEVELOPED IN
CONSULTATION WITH VARIOUS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO ENSURE  THE  INFORMA-
TION  COLLECTED, ANALYZED, AND PUBLISHED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDI-
VISION IS REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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