Hello to all,
Well, we’ve come to the end of the 2014 legislative session. While we have experienced some movement on our Legislative Plan, we have not realized the results that we had hoped for. I can say that it is certainly not for a lack of effort on the part of leadership and most especially you, the membership.
We performed all the necessary activities to strategically place our bills and concerns on the desks of each of our legislators. I am very proud of our Legislative Liaisons and our Chapter Staff for their efforts throughout this legislative cycle. I am very happy with the level of engagement from each member. I believe that our message has been heard and that we can continue to move our agenda forward.
I would like to take a moment to let each of you know where our bills were positioned at the end of this session:
- The High Co Pay Bills A.1666 (Cahill) and S.2139 (DeFrancisco) did not move out of the Insurance Committees in either House. We did garner 68 sponsors for the Assembly bill and 13 for the Senate version. We also had a majority of Senators in support of the bill.
- The WC PTA Bill A.7293 (Zembrowski) and S.3555 (Griffo) made it out of the Labor Committee of both Houses. The Assembly version was passed; unfortunately the Senate version did not get to a vote.
- The Rate Review Bill A.7661 (Titone) and S.4694 (Griffo) did not receive much attention due to the pending rate changes that the Worker’s Compensation Board has stated will go into effect next April.
- The Early Intervention Bill A.8316 (Gottfried) and S.6002 (Hannon) made it to a vote in both Houses. The Assembly unanimously passed the bill, the Senate did not.
I can assure each of you that your leadership has already undertaken the process of reviewing our Legislative Plan and agenda for 2015. We will not waiver in our commitment to improving the landscape for our practice in New York State. I welcome feedback from all members and urge each of you to stay involved, continue to advocate for our profession, and get our message out to the public every day.
As you all know I have the honor and privilege of being your new President. I thank the membership for placing their confidence in me and I look forward to serving each of you and continuing to work together on behalf of our profession both locally and nationally.
New APOL Chair
I am very happy to announce that Jake McPherson, PT DPT, has accepted the position of Chair of the Advisory Panel on Legislation. Jake is highly qualified and has contributed to the committee as an active member of the Panel since 2012. I am also pleased to announce that Larry Flowers, PTA, has accepted a position as a Panel member. Larry has been very active in advocating for our profession and has been a fixture at our Lobby Day events for many years. He will add his abilities to this very dynamic group.
The First Inaugural NYPT PAC Golf Outing
The First Inaugural NYPT PAC Golf Outing was held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Saratoga State Park Golf Course. While the weather did not cooperate as well as we had hoped, all golfers had a great time and we raised $1,300 for our PAC. We’re hoping that next year’s event will be an even greater success. I’d like to once again thank our sponsors – The Thirsty Owl Winery, The Courtyard by Marriott of Saratoga Springs, Stat Biomedical Technicians, and Roemer, Wallens, Gold & Mineaux, LLP.
Once again, I thank all of you for your commitment to our profession and I look forward to the opportunities that exist for us as the landscape of health care delivery evolves over the years to come.
Until next time, All the best,
Past APOL Chair