senate Bill S96

Requires elected officials to post certain information regarding contributions on his or her website

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 22 / Feb / 2011
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 22 / Mar / 2011
    • DEFEATED IN CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Summary

Requires elected officials to post certain information regarding contributions on his or her website; failure to comply with this provision of this section shall constitute a class E felony.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S96
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง61-a, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8457B

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BILL NUMBER:S96 REVISED 12/30/2011

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the public officers
law, in relation to requiring elected officials to
post certain information regarding contributions on his or her websites

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Strengthens the provisions regarding the posting of contributions
received by certain elected officials. Criminal sanction impact.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 Amends the Public Officers Law by adding a new section 61-a.
Requires the Governor, Comptroller, the Attorney General and any
member of the Senate or Assembly to post on the homepage of his or
her websites, a direct link to the Board of Elections website to such
elected official's campaign contributions. Requires that all
contributions over two-hundred and fifty dollars donated to the
Governor, Comptroller, the Attorney General and any member of the
Senate or Assembly to be posted within thirty days of receipt of such
contribution on the homepage of such elected official's websites.
Specifies that the exact dollar amount of the contribution and the
identity of the donor shall be provided. Provides that an elected
official who knowingly and willfully violates the provisions of this
section shall be guilty of a Class E Felony.

Section 2 Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:

The provisions of this legislation will require that the Governor,
Comptroller, the Attorney General and any member of the Senate or
Assembly post on the homepage of his or her websites, a direct link
to the Board of Elections website to his or her campaign
contributions. Likewise, all contributions valued over two-hundred
and fifty dollars will also be required to be posted on the homepage
of the official's web sites within thirty days of receipt of the
contribution. The specific dollar amount and the identity of the
donor will also be required. Deliberate failure to comply with the
provisions of this legislation will be a Class E Felony.

The public should have easy, timely access to information regarding
contributions to their elected officials. Currently this information
is only available through the Board of Elections. This
legislation improves both transparency and access regarding
contributions to elected officials and provides for a criminal
sanction impact for willful violation of its provisions.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011: S.96 - Defeated in Corporations, Authorities & Commissions
2010: S.8457B - Referred to Rules


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                   96

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and Commissions

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public  officers  law, in relation to requiring
  elected officials to post certain information regarding  contributions
  on his or her websites

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

  Section 1. The public officers law is amended by adding a new  section
61-a to read as follows:
  S  61-A.  CONTRIBUTIONS POSTED ON CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICIALS' WEBSITES.
1.  THE GOVERNOR, THE COMPTROLLER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND  ANY  MEMBER
OF THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY SHALL:
  A.    POST ON THE HOMEPAGE OF HIS OR HER WEBSITES A DIRECT LINK TO THE
BOARD OF ELECTIONS WEBSITE TO SUCH ELECTED OFFICIAL'S CAMPAIGN  CONTRIB-
UTIONS.
  B.  POST ON THE HOMEPAGE OF HIS OR HER WEBSITES ALL CONTRIBUTIONS OVER
TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF RECEIPT;  INCLUDING  THE
EXACT AMOUNT OF EACH CONTRIBUTION AND THE IDENTITY OF THE DONOR.
  2.  ANY PERSON WHO SHALL KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY VIOLATE ANY PROVISION
OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS E FELONY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03337-01-1

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