senate Bill S1568A

Prohibits candidates from authorizing more than one political committee for any one election

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 29 / Apr / 2011
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 09 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 09 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1568A

Summary

Prohibits candidates from authorizing more than one political committee for any one election.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5880A
Versions:
S1568
S1568A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง14-112, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S5546A, A8756A, S1568
2011-2012: A8756

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BILL NUMBER:S1568A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in
relation to prohibiting candidates from authorizing more than one
political committee for any one election

PURPOSE:
This bill is designed to increase the transparency of candidate
fundraising and expenditures by limiting to one the number of
authorized committees a candidate may have.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends Election Law section 14-112 subdivision 1 to require
that political committees supporting the election of a candidate must
file a sworn, verified statement by the committee treasurer and the
candidate stating that the candidate has authorized the committee to
support his or her election, or a sworn, verified statement by the
committee treasurer that the candidate has not authorized the
committee to support his election. It further amends subdivision 2 to
prohibit a candidate from authorizing more than one committee for any
election, and requires that if a candidate has more than one
authorized committee on December 1, 2012, within thirty days the
candidate must disavow all but one such committee in writing to the
state board of elections.

Section 2: Provides that the Act takes effect sixty days after it
becomes a law.

EXISTING LAW:
Under the existing law, a candidate is not subject to any limit on the
number of committees he or she may have, and the treasurer of the
committee is only required to file a sworn, verified statement that
the candidate has authorized the political committee, or has not.

JUSTIFICATION:
The current law encourages a candidate to have a multiplicity of
committees and makes it easier to conceal the money raised and spent.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.5546 - Passed Elections; Passed Codes; Advanced to Third
Reading Calendar.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill shall take effect on the sixtieth day after becoming a law,
with provisions.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1568--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ADDABBO, KRUEGER, OPPENHEIMER, PERALTA, SQUADRON --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on  Elections  --  recommitted  to  the  Committee  on
  Elections in accordance with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting candidates
  from authorizing  more  than  one  political  committee  for  any  one
  election

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Section 14-112 of the election law, as amended by  chapter
930 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
  S   14-112.  [Political]  AUTHORIZED  COMMITTEE;  POLITICAL  committee
authorization statement. 1. Any political  committee  aiding  or  taking
part  in  the  election  or  nomination of any candidate[, other than by
making contributions,] shall file, in the office in which the statements
of such committee are to be filed pursuant to  this  article,  either  a
sworn  verified  statement  by  the  treasurer of such committee AND THE
CANDIDATE that [the] SUCH candidate has authorized the political commit-
tee to aid or take part in his OR  HER  election  or  A  SWORN  VERIFIED
STATEMENT  BY THE TREASURER OF SUCH COMMITTEE that the candidate has not
authorized the committee to aid or take part in his OR HER election.
  2. NO CANDIDATE MAY AUTHORIZE MORE THAN ONE  POLITICAL  COMMITTEE  FOR
ANY  ONE  ELECTION.   ANY CANDIDATE WHO, ON DECEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
TWELVE, HAS AUTHORIZED MORE THAN ONE POLITICAL  COMMITTEE  FOR  ANY  ONE
ELECTION  SHALL, NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER SAID DATE, DISAVOW ALL
BUT ONE OF SUCH COMMITTEES, IN WRITING, TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN  EXPLORATORY
COMMITTEE BY AN ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL. A MULTI-CANDIDATE COMMITTEE MAY
NOT BE AN AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00073-02-2

S. 1568--A                          2

  3.  CAMPAIGN  FUNDS  REMAINING  IN  ANY  DISAVOWED  COMMITTEE SHALL BE
DISPOSED OF PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law; provided, however, that the state board of  elections
shall  notify  all candidates and political committees of the applicable
provisions of this act within thirty days  after  this  act  shall  have
become a law.

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