senate Bill S1568A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 09, 2012 print number 1568a
amend and recommit to elections
Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Apr 29, 2011 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 10, 2011 referred to elections

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S1568 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5880A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §14-112, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5546A, A8756A, S1568

S1568 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S1568

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, the real property law, the
tax law, the state finance law, the multiple dwelling law, the
multiple residence law,
the social services law, and the insurance law,
in relation to enacting
the "childhood
lead poisoning prevention and safe housing act of 2013";
and to repeal certain provisions of the public health law relating
thereto

PURPOSE: To improve New York's current laws that
focus on secondary
prevention. Lead poisoning causes irreparable damage, it is now
widely accepted that primary prevention is the key to ending lead.
poisoning. We cannot wait until the detection of elevated lead in a
child's blood before acting to remedy the environmental sources of
it. New York's children should not be used as the litmus test for
detecting and correcting lead hazards.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: New York still has over 10,000
children
identified each year with blood lead levels that are considered
"elevated." The proposed bill would require the state Department of
Health
(NYSDOH) to oversee and implement intensive primary prevention
plans in communities with the greatest number of cases of lead
poisoning in the previous year. NYSDOH would work with county
departments of
health to coordinate local efforts. Cities, towns and villages
would be encouraged to enter into agreements with the state to
implement aspects of the program locally. Various other sections of law
would be amended to accomplish the goals of this legislation,
including the Real Property, Tax, Multiple Dwelling, Social Services
and Insurance Laws.

A cornerstone of the primary prevention approach is the requirement
that all rental properties built before 1970 (except, multiple
dwellings in New York City, which are already covered by Local Law 1 of
2004) be certified as either "lead free," "lead contained," or
"lead stabilized" and periodically re-certified to ensure that they do
not present a lead hazard if persons at risk of lead poisoning
(young children and pregnant women) reside there. Properties would
need to meet the standards within two years of passage of the law.

Primary prevention would be accomplished by requesting investigations
at least annually by property owners, by certified inspectors
every three years for "lead-contained" and "lead stabilized"

properties, upon renting/leasing a dwelling; and sooner and more
frequently
if there was a reasonable basis to believe that a condition existed
that was conducive to creating a lead hazard. For example, if
a leak caused damage that compromised the painted surface making it
susceptible to produce chipping, peeling or otherwise create lead
dust.

The inspection and certification requirement would apply to rental
dwellings built before 1970 in New York (except New York City
multiple dwellings). The legislation also would strengthen some of the
inspection and disclosure requirements for home sales. The state
would be required to focus its efforts and resources on 30
municipalities and areas within communities that have the highest
concentrations
of children testing with elevated blood lead levels. The bill
also would require intervention by local health departments whenever
a child has a level of 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of
blood ("ug/dL") or greater. The Health commissioner would be authorized
to set a lower threshold. Dust wipe clearance tests would be
required after lead clean ups are conducted to ensure that they had
been performed properly and the dwelling was safe for a child to
return.

This legislation would create tax credits for property owners and
require the state to issue bonds to create a revolving loan fund to
provide resources for low-coat or no-cost loans for property owners
to comply with the law and eliminate or reduce lead hazards. These
tax credits and loans would also apply to multiple dwellings in New
York City.

JUSTIFICATION: Each year in New York State an
additional 10,000
children under the age of six years are newly identified as having blood
lead levels of 10 ug/dL or greater, the action level under federal
Centers for Disease control and Prevention ("CDC") guidelines.
The actual number of cases is undoubtedly much higher, given that
only about 1/3 of one and two year olds are screened as required by
state law.

Although New York state banned the sale of lead paint in 1970 (1.1970,
ch. 338), seventy-four percent of New York's housing stock has
constructed prior to 1970. New York State has both the largest
percentage and the largest absolute number of older housing units with
lead paint in the nation, and the second highest number of children
with elevated blood lead levels.

Medical research indicates that children can suffer permanent,
irreparable damage at blood levels even lover than 10 ug/dL, and that
there is no level of lead ingest, ion which is without adverse impact.
Medical research also indicates that fetal injuries from ingested
lead can occur if women have elevated blood levels during

pregnancy. moreover, there is no level of lead ingestion that does not
injure children. Lead poisoning results in the impairment of the
ability to think, concentrate and learn. Prevention is the only way
to protect children from irreversible damage.

Because of this, intervention measures that wait until children have
been exposed have limited benefits, and the pursuit of primary
prevention, which means eliminating lead hazards before children are
exposed, has been recommended by the CDC, the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") , and promoted by leading,
experts in the field as a critical course or action to protect the
health of young children. As the CDC has stated:

Evidence suggests that the benefits of secondary prevention are limited.
To ensure successful elimination of elevated (blood lead levels) in
children, programs must not rely solely on screening and secondary
prevention but also focus on preventing lead exposure through the
implementation of housing-based primary prevention.

PREVENTING LEAD EXPOSURE IN YOUNG CHILDREN, A HOUSING-BASED APPROACH
TO PRIMARY PREVENTION OF LEAD POISONING, October 2004, ct 9. Exposure
to deteriorating lead-based paint in older residences results
in increased expenses each year for the state of New York in the
form of special education and other education expenses, medical care
for lead poisoned children, and expenditures for delinquent youth
and others needing special supervision.

While lead paint hazards are found in urban, suburban and rural areas,
data compiled by HUD shows that the greatest lead poisoning threats
are in those areas with older, deteriorated housing, primarily
rentals, where lower income and non-white New Yorkers reside.

Unfortunately, while the public health dimensions of lead paint in New
York's housing stock has long been recognized, the regulatory
response remains inadequate. In fact, back in 1970, in New York's
first attempt to limit the lead poisoning epidemic by enacting Title
X of Article 13 of the public Health Law (codified at PHL § 1370 et
seg.), the legislature declared:

The occurrence of the disease of lead poisoning in children has became
a major public health concern. Severe lead poisoning cases result
in death or mental retardation. It is estimated that children in
our nation with abnormally high blood levels of lead number in the
hundreds of thousands. Many thousands of children in the cities of
our state are actual or potential victims of lead poisoning. The
disease of lead poisoning is most prevalent in areas of old and
deteriorating housing where leaded paint and plaster in a peeling
condition is accessible for ingestion by young children.

Lead poisoning is a disease which will require the concerted effort of
public health agencies and other agencies concerned with the

availability of healthful housing for the people of our state before
the disease can be brought under control and its incidence reduced.

Nearly four decades later, New York still lacks critical mechanisms to
control, avoid, and abate lead-based paint hazards in the dwellings
of vulnerable children before they become irreparably harmed.
While the NYSDOH has called for the elimination of childhood lead
poisoning in New York state by 2010, these goals cannot be met unless
a comprehensive, primary prevention approach becomes the law of
this State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Referred to Health; Amended and recommitted to Health print
2419A
2011: Referred to Health
2010: Referred to Health; Reported & Committed to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unable to determine at this time.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unable to determine at
this time.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  1568

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ADDABBO,  OPPENHEIMER,  PERALTA -- 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
ELEVEN, 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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00073-01-1

S. 1568                             2

  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.

Co-Sponsors

S1568A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5880A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §14-112, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5546A, A8756A, S1568

S1568A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S1568A

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; Passed Codes; Advanced to Third
Reading Calendar.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1568--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ADDABBO, KRUEGER, OPPENHEIMER, PERALTA, SQUADRON --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on  Elections  --  recommitted  to  the  Committee  on
  Elections in accordance with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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
TWELVE, 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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00073-02-2

S. 1568--A                          2

  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.

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