senate Bill S4622

Establishes the crime of failure to file campaign statements, a class A misdemeanor

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  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Enacts the "campaign finance reporting accountability act"; establishes the crime of failure to file campaign statements, a class A misdemeanor.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7640
Versions:
S4622
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง190.90, Pen L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4622

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to
establishing the crime of failure to file campaign statements, a class
A misdemeanor

Purpose: The purpose of this bill is to strengthen the campaign
finance law by requiring on time reporting of donations and expenses.

Summary of Provisions:

Section 1: Establishes the title of this bill as the "Campaign Finance
Reporting Accountability Act."

Section 2: Creates a new section, Section 190.90 of the Penal Law;

Section 190.90: Establishes that if reporting of donations and
expenses fail to be reported, knowingly, on three or more occasions,
within thirty days such statement is due, is accountable of failing to
file campaign statements, which is a class A misdemeanor.

Section 3: States the law shall take effect on the first of November
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

Justification: It is estimated that New York has 2,300 campaign
finance committees, controlling $31 million, that have not been filed
in a timely manner. Candidates and campaign treasurers must be held
accountable for the reporting of their contributions and expenses in a
timely fashion. A failure to do so creates an unpleasant image of New
York government, which causes an environment of public mistrust. This
legislation would deconstruct that image by strengthening laws
allowing for full disclosure and transparency and holding public
officials more accountable to their constituents.

Prior Legislative History: New Bill.

Fiscal Implications: None.

Effective Date: This act shall take effect on the first of November
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  4622

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 16, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the crime  of
  failure to file campaign statements, a class A misdemeanor

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "campaign
finance reporting accountability act".
  S  2.  The penal law is amended by adding a new section 190.90 to read
as follows:
S 190.90 FAILURE TO FILE CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS.
  ANY PERSON, REQUIRED TO FILE A STATEMENT PURSUANT TO ARTICLE  FOURTEEN
OF THE ELECTION LAW, WHO KNOWINGLY, ON THREE OR MORE OCCASIONS, FAILS TO
FILE  SUCH  A STATEMENT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE DATE SUCH STATEMENT IS
DUE, SHALL BE GUILTY OF FAILURE TO FILE CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS.
  FAILURE TO FILE CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07899-01-3

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