Efficient and convenient aren’t words usually associated with state government. But small business owners in New York State may soon be able to breathe easier knowing that there’s at least one thing that the state is trying to improve for them. Governor Cuomo this week signed legislation to allow state agencies to give small business owners the option of resolving matters that require a hearing via mail, e-mail, telephone conferencing, Skype or other technology, rather than appearing in person for a hearing.
NFIB/NY supported the law, arguing that the costs and burdens of in-person hearings for minor violations have a disproportionate impact on small business. Allowing the use of technology in resolving matters can help reduce the burden.
Under the new law, state agencies can adopt regulations for streamlined proceedings involving small business for specific issues that can be resolved without a physical hearing. In the coming months, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Health and Labor will be issuing regulations with details about the kinds of issues that can be resolved without an in-person hearing and how to request, schedule and participate in streamlined proceedings. Regulations will be available in the New York State Register.