Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M.Johnson, (D-Nassau), that will prevent the state from contracting with companies that conduct business with state sponsors of terror, was unanimously passed by the State Senate yesterday.
“These countries support terrorist organizations that seek to kill Americans, wipe Israel off the map and undermine our democratic values,” SenatorJohnson said. “This legislation will help us ensure that none of our tax dollars support those who support these rouge nations.”
Under this measure (S.5538A), companies that seek to bid on a state contract must disclose if they, or any of their subsidiaries, do business with nations that the U.S. State Department identify as a state sponsor of terror. That list currently includes Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba.
If such ties do exist, the state would be able to disqualify these companies' application, even if they are the lowest bidder.
The bill has been delivered to the Assembly.
In 2007, SenatorJohnson introduced the Iranian Divestment Act, and became the first member of the State Legislature to call for a prohibition of state pension fund investments in companies that conduct business with the current Iranian government. That strategy was later adopted by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.