senate Bill S2548

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to additional financial disclosure by the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to finance
Jan 25, 2011 referred to finance

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S2548 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง73-a, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2597

S2548 - Bill Texts

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Requires additional financial disclosure by the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly relating to outside sources of income for services rendered by such legislative leaders.

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BILL NUMBER:S2548

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public officers law, in relation to financial disclosure by
the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To require broader disclosure of the outside income of the Speaker of
the Assembly and Temporary President of the Senate.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Requires the Speaker and Temporary President, in addition to filing
any other information on their ethics disclosure forms to specify the
amount and source of income they received and the nature of the
services rendered or goods sold associated with that income. The bill
also maintains existing privileges where a individual or entity (ie.
attorney/client privilege) has a right not to have their name
disclosed.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
Presently the Speaker of the Assembly and Temporary President of the
Senate are required to disclose outside income in only broad
categories.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Brennan Center has pointed out that the Legislative Leadership has
a "stranglehold" on bills which reach the floor for a vote. People
have a clear right to know what payments are being made to leaders
with such power.

Disclosure of actual income, rather than broad based categories,
particularly by the legislative leadership who have "a stranglehold
on the flow of legislation at all stages of the legislative process"
(quoting the Brennan Center's January 2, 2009 report), is a more than
reasonable reform which the State can make to help again give people
confidence in their government.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2597 of 2009: Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately and apply to any filing made for calendar year 2012 or
later.

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

                                  2548

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BONACIC,  RANZENHOFER  --  read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the  public  officers  law,  in  relation  to  financial
  disclosure by the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of
  the assembly

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

  Section 1. Section 73-a of the  public  officers  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
  3-A. IF THE REPORTING INDIVIDUAL IS THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY OR THE
TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE SENATE, THE REPORTING INDIVIDUAL SHALL, IN
ADDITION TO ANY OTHER INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE FILED PURSUANT TO  THIS
SECTION,  ANSWER  THE  QUESTIONS STATED BELOW RELATING TO THE SOURCE AND
SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF INCOME, AND THE NATURE OF  SERVICES  RENDERED,  WHICH
QUESTIONS  AND  ANSWERS  SHALL  BE  APPENDED  TO THE ANNUAL STATEMENT OF
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE AND FILED AT THE SAME TIME THE ANNUAL STATEMENT  OF
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE IS FILED.
  IN  THE  EVENT THE SOURCE OF THE INCOME IS A SPECIFIC PERSON OR ENTITY
WHOM THE REPORTING INDIVIDUAL OR HIS OR HER  SPOUSE  PERFORMED  SERVICES
FOR  WHICH  ARE  SUBJECT  TO A PRIVILEGE UNDER STATE OR FEDERAL LAW, THE
REPORTING INDIVIDUAL (OR HIS OR HER SPOUSE AS THE  CASE  MAY  BE)  SHALL
SIGN  A  DOCUMENT  UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY INDICATING THE NATURE OF THE
SERVICES, BUT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE THE NAME OF THE INDIVID-
UAL OR ENTITY.
  IF THE REPORTING INDIVIDUAL FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD  RECEIVED  INCOME
OUTSIDE  OF HIS OR HER STATE SALARY AND ANY OTHER PAYMENT FROM THE STATE
RECEIVED PURSUANT TO THE LEGISLATIVE LAW, HE  OR  SHE  SHALL  STATE  THE
AMOUNT  OF SUCH INCOME AND THE SOURCE OF THE SAME, AS WELL AS THE NATURE
OF ANY SERVICES RENDERED OR GOODS SOLD.  IN  THE  EVENT  THE  AMOUNT  OF
INCOME HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED PRIOR TO THE TIME THE FILING IS REQUIRED,
THE  REPORTING  INDIVIDUAL  SHALL  PROVIDE A WRITTEN EXPLANATION FOR THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01488-01-1

S. 2548                             2

SAME AND SHALL FILE THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIRTY DAYS  OF  HIS  OR  HER
FILING  HIS  OR  HER  TAX RETURN FOR THE PRIOR YEAR OR IF THE INCOME WAS
PAID TO THE SPOUSE OF THE REPORTING INDIVIDUAL, WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  OF
HIS OR HER SPOUSE'S FILING SUCH TAX RETURN.
  THE DISCLOSURE REQUIRED BY THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL CONTAIN THE INFORMA-
TION AND SHALL BE IN THE FORM SET FORTH HEREINBELOW:
SOURCE OF INCOME            AMOUNT OF INCOME            SERVICES
                                                        RENDERED

________________            ________________          _____________

________________            ________________          _____________

________________            ________________          _____________

________________            ________________          _____________

  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and apply to any filing
made for calendar year 2012 or later.

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