S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 21, 2011
Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections
AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to directing the state
board of elections to contract with a certified public accountancy
firm for the audit and review of the campaign receipts and expendi-
tures of three percent of the candidates for election to the state
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "clean campaign finance act".
S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 3-112 to
read as follows:
S 3-112. REVIEW AND AUDIT OF COMPLIANCE WITH ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF
CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE. 1. ON OR BEFORE THE
FIRST OF DECEMBER OF EACH EVEN NUMBERED YEAR, THE STATE BOARD OF
ELECTIONS SHALL CONTRACT WITH A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY FIRM TO
CONDUCT A REVIEW AND AUDIT OF CERTAIN CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE
STATE LEGISLATURE. SUCH CONTRACT SHALL BE AWARDED TO THE LOWEST RESPON-
SIBLE BIDDER WHICH MEETS ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUCH BOARD'S SOLICITA-
TION FOR BIDS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, NO CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY FIRM
SHALL BE AWARDED SUCH CONTRACT IF IT HAS BEEN AWARDED A CONTRACT PURSU-
ANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION IN THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS.
2. ON OR BEFORE THE TENTH DAY OF JANUARY OF EACH ODD NUMBERED YEAR,
THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL SELECT BY LOTTERY, AT A PUBLIC DRAW-
ING, NOT LESS THAN THREE PERCENT OF ALL THE CANDIDATES WHOSE NAMES
APPEARED ON THE BALLOT FOR ELECTION TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE AT THE
IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION.
3. THE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY FIRM SHALL REVIEW AND AUDIT ALL
STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER BY THOSE
CANDIDATES SELECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, AND
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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THOSE OF ANY COMMITTEES AUTHORIZED AND CREATED SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF
INFLUENCING THE GENERAL ELECTION ON BEHALF OF SUCH CANDIDATES. IN ADDI-
TION, THE FIRM, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, SHALL REVIEW EACH SUCH CANDI-
DATE'S AND COMMITTEE'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER
DURING THE COURSE OF HIS OR HER CAMPAIGN FOR ELECTION TO THE STATE
4. THE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY FIRM SHALL CONDUCT ITS REVIEW AND
AUDIT OF CANDIDATES IN ACCORD WITH SOUND ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES.
5. ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST OF JUNE DURING EACH ODD NUMBERED YEAR, THE
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY FIRM SHALL SUBMIT, TO THE STATE BOARD OF
ELECTIONS, A REPORT ON THE REVIEW AND AUDIT RELATING TO EACH CANDIDATE
SELECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.