senate Bill S2549

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to restricting certain business or professional activities by certain former members of the legislature

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

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S2549 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §73, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2600

S2549 - Bill Texts

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Relates to restricting certain business or professional activities by former speaker of the assembly, temporary president of the senate and majority leader of the senate.

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BILL NUMBER:S2549

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public officers law, in relation to restricting certain
business or professional activities by certain former members of the
legislature

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To prohibit the Speaker of the Assembly and Majority Leader of the
Senate from lobbying the Executive branch for a period of two years
after leaving office.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends the public officers law to provide that no person who has held
the position of Assembly Speaker, Senate Majority Leader, or
Temporary President of the Senate can seek the approval or
disapproval of legislation by the Governor, the procurement of goods
or services by any State agency or authority, or the adoption or
modification of Department rules or regulations for a period of two
years until after he or she shall have ceased to be a member of the
Senate or Assembly.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
Current law imposes a two year ban on lobbying the Legislature.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Brennan Center has said that the legislative leadership has a
"stranglehold" on which bills reach the floor.
Legislative leaders are also the leaders of each house and as such
control a large network of political patronage.
It is not uncommon that employees of the Legislature - who may very
well have been hired by or with the approval of these leaders
transfer to agencies where they help both in administering the
government and developing regulatory policies. It is reasonable to
require those who at the highest level of government within the
Legislature refrain from not only lobbying their former colleagues
but also employees of the Executive branch with whom they in all
likelihood had substantial dealings with.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2600 of 2009: Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  2549

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BONACIC,  KRUEGER,  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 restricting
  certain business or professional activities by certain former  members
  of the legislature

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a)  of  subdivision  8  of
section  73  of the public officers law, as amended by chapter 14 of the
laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  (iii) No person who has served as a member of  the  legislature  shall
within  a  period  of  two  years  after the termination of such service
receive compensation for any services on behalf  of  any  person,  firm,
corporation or association to promote or oppose, directly or indirectly,
the  passage of bills or resolutions by either house of the legislature.
No legislative employee shall within a period of  two  years  after  the
termination  of  such  service  receive compensation for any services on
behalf of any person, firm, corporation or association to appear,  prac-
tice  or  directly communicate before either house of the legislature to
promote or oppose the passage of bills or resolutions by either house of
the legislature. NO PERSON WHO WAS ELECTED  TO  OR  OTHERWISE  HELD  THE
POSITION  OF  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY OR TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OR MAJORITY
LEADER OF THE SENATE SHALL, FOR COMPENSATION ON BEHALF  OF  ANY  PERSON,
FIRM,  CORPORATION  OR ASSOCIATION, SEEK THE SIGNING INTO LAW OF OR VETO
ANY LEGISLATION BY THE GOVERNOR OR THE ENACTMENT, AMENDMENT, OR  REMOVAL
OR  ANY  RULE,  REGULATION,  OR  POLICY OF ANY STATE DEPARTMENT, AGENCY,
DIVISION, OR AUTHORITY, OR FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF  CONTRACTS  OR  AGREE-
MENTS  BY  ANY  SUCH  DEPARTMENT,  AGENCY, DIVISION, OR AUTHORITY, FOR A
PERIOD OF TWO YEARS UNTIL AFTER HE OR SHE SHALL  HAVE  CEASED  TO  BE  A
MEMBER OF THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01890-01-1

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