The actions of government officials can have a profound impact on business, industry, and individuals. The Government Affairs Practice Area at HSE monitors and often affects the progress of proposed legislation or regulations through its strategic involvement.
Our attorneys arrange for the introduction of bills, track the progress of proposed regulations, and lobby to secure or modify legislation and administrative action on behalf of clients. We also consult with clients regarding the availability of, and access to, a variety of government funding mechanisms and other programs.
Information on Current Legislative Activity. Practice attorneys and legislative representatives meet with clients to discuss the agenda for the state’s current legislative session and to plan strategies for both general legislation and individual bills. Our attorneys are skilled in the development of proposed legislation or the review of draft language for technical accuracy.
Introduction and Tracking of Bills. When clients suggest or initiate legislation, practice attorneys consider sponsorship strategies, help arrange for the introduction of the bill in the New York State Senate and Assembly, and track the bill’s progress through the legislature. We notify all appropriate legislators and client officials of key dates for possible committee and floor action to keep attention focused on the bill, and we inform our clients of the progress of all legislation in which they have an interest.
Direct Contact with Legislators. Working closely with client representatives, practice attorneys coordinate and assist efforts to contact individual legislators, legislative staff members, members of the Governor’s staff, or appropriate agency representatives.
Advocacy. We have established a reputation for effective and successful advocacy through ongoing dialogue with state officials who have authority closely associated with our clients’ interests.
Immediate and Appropriate Reaction. Practice professional staff monitors state legislation and proposed regulations which could impact clients. Our attorneys assist in communicating clients’ positions on proposed legislation to members of the State Legislature or appropriate agency officials.
Regular Updates. We prepare written reports detailing activities on specific bills, as well as other issues pertinent to client needs. When decisions are reached, we report to clients on the final status of legislative issues and prepare recommendations for future strategies.
Visibility in Albany. Practice attorneys and legislative representatives create visibility for clients in the State Capitol by maintaining contact with state legislators, the Governor’s office, and all appropriate state agencies. In addition, we provide or coordinate services in New York and other states, and work with clients on specific legislative and administrative matters involving federal and local governments.