senate Bill S2536

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

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 18 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 30 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 30 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2536A

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:
A7195
Versions:
S2536
S2536A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง14-112, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1568A, A5880A, A8756
2009-2010: S5546A, A8756A, S1568

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BILL NUMBER:S2536

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 Committee; Passed Codes; Advanced
to Third Reading Calendar.
2011-2012: S.1568-A - Referred to Elections Committee.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2536

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 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
THIRTEEN,  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.
  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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03053-01-3

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