senate Bill S395

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Makes an appropriation for the investigation and prosecution of public fraud and corruption

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to finance
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S395 - Bill Details

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Appropriations

S395 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S395

TITLE OF BILL :
An act making an appropriation to the department of law for the
purpose of investigating and prosecuting public fraud and corruption


PURPOSE :
To ensure enforcement of the highest ethical standards for public
elected and appointed officials, who hold their offices as a public
trust and who are accountable for making decisions to advance public
interests.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 provides legislative intent.

Section 2 provides an appropriation of $2 million for the
investigation and prosecution of public fraud and corruption, with one
million to be suballocated to the Department of Law, and $1 million to
be suballocated to the Public Integrity Unit of the Albany County
Office of District Attorney.

Section 3 provides the effective date.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New legislation.

JUSTIFICATION :
The public's continuing support for the institutions of an open,
participatory, democratic system of government depends on its
confidence in both the government and its elected representatives.
This legislation will ensure adequate resources to investigate and,
where warranted, prosecute criminal law violations involving public
officials, and it will ensure effective collaboration between the
Office of the Albany County District Attorney and the State Attorney
General. The Office of the Attorney General and the Albany County
Office of District Attorney are committed to developing effective
approaches, including collaboration between the two offices, to
investigating and prosecuting corruption in State government. Sharing
resources and cross-designating staff will allow the Attorney General
to have an expanded role in criminal cases involving public
corruption, including providing access to the grand jury. It will also
strengthen the Public Integrity Unit in the Albany County District
Attorney's Office, which has assumed a central role in investigating
and prosecuting crimes involving public officials. Providing funding
to both offices will ensure that the allied offices have adequate
resources to be effective.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007/2008 - S.2933/A.6125 Remained in the Senate Committee on Finance
and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Provides a two million dollar ($2,000,000) appropriation from the
General Fund to provide additional resources for the Department of Law
and the Albany County Office of District Attorney to carry out the
provisions of this law.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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