Hearings & Press Conference

New York State typically enacts very broad laws and then allows the appropriate state agency to adopt regulations, or rules that will carry out the essence of the law. While the legislative process provides some semblance of transparency and accountability, the process of adopting regulations affords very little such safeguards. As a result, an agency with very little industry expertise, which may not be aware of industry nuances and industry leader agendas, can adopt sweeping rules that can be game changers for companies, employees, and citizens. Although three hearings were held (one during a blizzard), New York State Department of Labor is not required to hold public hearings before enacting regulations.

The Hearing

New York State Department of Labor Hearing on Proposed Child Performer Regulations. Speakers included: Mara Glauberg, CESD Talent Agency; Melissa Patack, Motion Picture Association of America; Nancy Fox, Screen Actors Guild; Kelly Crisp, Founder, Child Performers Coalition; Ken Slaven, National Association of Talent Representatives & President, CESD; Nina Essman, Broadway Producer, Wicked; Barbara Coleman, Innovative Artists.

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Good morning. My name is Kelly Crisp and I founded Child Performers Coalition in December. Since that time, I have tried, using my background and experience, to make sense of the proposed rule changes and the sweeping, game changing affect they will have on the lives of child performers and New York’s production economy. My background is an attorney, registered mediator, felony prosecutor specializing in sex crimes. I have also served as a state registered lobbyist ~ I have drafted legislation, testified in Judiciary committee hearings specifically working on child endangerment legislation and anti-female genital mutilation legislation.


Kelly Crisp, Founder, Child Performers Coalition, said: "The NYS Department of Labor's handling of the Child Performer regulations highlights the demand for greater oversight of state agencies and the need for a more open, participative regulatory process. Under the current system, agencies have the ability to impose sweeping, game changing regulations that, in the case of the Child Performer regulations could have resulted in extremely dangerous working conditions for children and loss of entertainment industry production jobs and revenue for the State of New York."

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Independent Democratic Conference's Report, "Easing New York's Regulatory Burden, Promoting Business, Protecting the Public"

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