senate Bill S199

Relates to restrictions on political contributions by lobbyists

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

Summary

Restricts form, amount and time of political contributions by lobbyists and the acceptance of such contributions by public officials.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A63
Versions:
S199
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Redesig §§1-u & 1-v to be §§1-w & 1-x, add §§1-u & 1-v, Leg L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S37, A5869
2009-2010: S4546, A477
2007-2008: A7473

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S199

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the legislative law, in relation to restrictions on political
contributions from lobbyists

PURPOSE:
The bill limits the dollar amount of political contributions that
lobbyists can give to members of the legislature and that members can
receive from lobbyists, and when the contributions can be given.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill adds new sections 1-u and 1-v to the legislative law. Section
1-u prohibits lobbyists from giving more than $250 per candidate per
election and restricts contributions to July 1st through December 31st.
Section 1-v places the same limits on what and when public officials
can accept campaign contributions from lobbyists.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill targets the issue of the adverse public perception generated
by the large number of fundraising events in and around the capitol
attended almost exclusively by lobbyists and their clients whose
interests are before legislature. In addition to banning campaign
fundraisers during session, my bill would also ban contributions
during this period. This bill would bar both the offering and receipt
of lobbyists' contributions during the legislative session and set
lobbyist's contribution limits of $250.00 per candidate per election
in the off session.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.4546 (Squadron) - Finance, A.477 (Kavanagh) -
Governmental Operations
2008: A.2913 (Kavanagh) - Governmental Operations
2007: A.2913 (Kavanagh) - Governmental operations
2007: A.2913 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2006: A.1843A (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2005: A.1843 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2004: A.6694 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2003: A.6694 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2002: A.1636 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2001: A.1636 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2000: A.9710 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
2012: Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   199

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the legislative law,  in  relation  to  restrictions  on
  political contributions from lobbyists

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

  Section 1. Sections 1-u and 1-v of the legislative  law  are  redesig-
nated sections 1-w and 1-x and two new sections 1-u and 1-v are added to
read as follows:
  S  1-U. RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY LOBBYISTS. A LOBBY-
IST SHALL NOT SOLICIT, MAKE OR TRANSMIT A CONTRIBUTION OR A REQUEST  FOR
A  CONTRIBUTION  FROM  OR TO ANY PERSON, INCLUDING A POLITICAL COMMITTEE
FOR THE BENEFIT OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL OR PARTY COMMITTEE, FOR ELECTION TO
ANY STATE OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OFFICE; EXCEPT THAT  A  LOBBYIST  MAY
MAKE A POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION UP TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER CANDI-
DATE  PER  ELECTION; PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT FOR STATE LEVEL PUBLIC OFFI-
CIALS, SUCH CONTRIBUTION MAY ONLY BE MADE BETWEEN JULY FIRST AND  DECEM-
BER THIRTY-FIRST.
  S 1-V. RESTRICTIONS ON ACCEPTANCE OF POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY PUBLIC
OFFICIALS.  A  PUBLIC  OFFICIAL  SHALL NOT KNOWINGLY ACCEPT, SOLICIT, OR
TRANSMIT A CONTRIBUTION OR A REQUEST FOR A CONTRIBUTION FOR  HIMSELF  OR
HERSELF  OR  ANY PUBLIC OFFICIAL, POLITICAL COMMITTEE, OR CANDIDATE FROM
OR ON BEHALF OF ANY LOBBYIST REGULATED BY THIS ARTICLE,  EXCEPT  THAT  A
PUBLIC  OFFICIAL  MAY ACCEPT POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM A LOBBYIST, UP
TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER ELECTION; PROVIDED  HOWEVER,  THAT  FOR
STATE LEVEL PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SUCH CONTRIBUTION MAY ONLY BE MADE BETWEEN
JULY FIRST AND DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00241-01-3

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