senate Bill S1159

Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions to support or oppose candidates

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions in support or opposition to candidates for election to public office to; establishes one committee for each of the 3 types of committees specified: state senate, state assembly and federal account.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A440
Versions:
S1159
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง14-121, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S917, A1339
2009-2010: S559, A836
2007-2008: A1411

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BILL NUMBER:S1159 REVISED 1/8/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
limiting the number and type of party committees which may be
established by state committees for the receipt and expenditure of
campaign contributions to aid in the election or defeat of candidates
for public office

PURPOSE: To limit the number of party committees that a party can
form.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the Election Law by adding a new
section 14-121. Defines the types of party committees affected by this
legislation.

JUSTIFICATION: The development of multiple party committees has
become a new method of avoiding contribution limits to political
parties. This abuse allows virtually an unlimited number of
contributions to be made, which frustrates disclosure, the intent and
the spirit of the campaign finance law. It leads the public to think
that political parties are for sale and destroys confidence in the
electoral process. This bill restores the original intent and purpose
of party committees and closes election law loopholes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012 - S.917A/A.1339 Remained in the Senate
Committee on Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.
2009-2010 - S.559/A.836 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.
2007/2008 - S.802/A.1411 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.
2005/2006 - S.1152/A.1332 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of December
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, except
that effective immediately state committees shall take any and all
actions necessary to be in compliance with the requirements of this
act on its effective date before such date occurs.

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

                                  1159

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SMITH, STAVISKY
  -- 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 limiting the number and
  type  of party committees which may be established by state committees
  for the receipt and expenditure of campaign contributions  to  aid  in
  the election or defeat of candidates for public office

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

  Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section  14-121
to read as follows:
  S  14-121.  NUMBER AND TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEES WHICH MAY BE FORMED BY
STATE COMMITTEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF  RECEIVING  AND  EXPENDING  CAMPAIGN
CONTRIBUTIONS  IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO
PUBLIC OFFICE LIMITED.  1.  STATE  COMMITTEES  MAY  ESTABLISH  ONLY  THE
FOLLOWING  TYPES  OF  PARTY  COMMITTEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING AND
EXPENDING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES FOR ELECTION TO PUBLIC OFFICE:
  A.  STATE  SENATE  PARTY  COMMITTEE.  THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY
RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES FOR ELECTION TO STATE SENATE IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  B.  STATE  ASSEMBLY  PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY
RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES FOR ELECTION TO STATE ASSEMBLY IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  C.  FEDERAL  ACCOUNT PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY
RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES  FOR  ELECTION  TO FEDERAL OFFICE IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS
PROVIDED THAT SUCH COMMITTEE IS ALSO IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01186-01-3

S. 1159                             2

  2. EACH STATE COMMITTEE MAY ESTABLISH NO MORE THAN ONE PARTY COMMITTEE
OF EACH OF THE TYPES OF PARTY COMMITTEES DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed-
ing  the date on which it shall have become a law, except that effective
immediately state committees shall take any and all actions necessary to
be in compliance with the requirements of this act on its effective date
before such date occurs.

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