On Tuesday, February 12, 2008, the NYS Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Small Business, Commerce and Industry voted unanimously to report ARIA (A.9672/S.6741) from committee. Translation: When put to its first vote, ARIA passed with broad bi-partisan support.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Kenmore) chair of the committee and lead Assembly sponsor of ARIA has adopted the NYSHEI proposal among his top priorities for invigorating the state economy.
“This is a good bill, a good idea and we need to make sure it happens,” said Schimminger.
From the Economic Development Committee, ARIA has been sent to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Here it will await a vote. ARIA will now also begin to get more attention from other groups as well as legislative fiscal staff who are being urged to include the provisions of the bill in their state budget priorities.
Said NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer, “this is a significant accomplishment for ARIA. Less than one month after its introduction, the bill has already advanced through committee. This gives us the advantage of being able to efficiently target advocacy efforts on the fiscal committees. While enacting ARIA remains a long-shot this legislative session, we continue to build momentum, so anything is possible.”
“On behalf of all NYSHEI members I want to thank Chairman Schimminger and Ranking Member [Marc] Butler (R-Hamilton) for supporting ARIA,” continued Kramer.
In the Senate, ARIA skipped over the Economic Development Committee and was initially referred to the Senate Finance Committee.