senate Bill S2740

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the New York State clean election campaign finance reform act; repealer

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    • Passed Assembly
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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jan 31, 2011 referred to elections


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S2740 - Details

Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §3-102 sub 7, §14-126, amd El L, generally; add §63-e, amd §94, Exec L; add §626-a, Tax L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:

S2740 - Summary

Enacts the New York state clean election and campaign finance enforcement reform act.

S2740 - Sponsor Memo

S2740 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2011

Introduced by Sens. SMITH, PARKER -- 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 violations and penal-
  ties for campaign finance and the enforcement thereof;  to  amend  the
  election  law,  in  relation to the creation of the advisory committee
  for the state board of elections;  to  amend  the  executive  law,  in
  relation  to  the  powers  of  the  attorney  general  to  enforce the
  provisions of the election law; and to repeal  certain  provisions  of
  the  election  law  relating  to  enforcement  (Part  A); to amend the
  election  law,  in  relation  to  voluntary  clean  election  campaign
  finance;  to  amend  the  tax  law,  in relation to the clean election
  campaign finance fund; and to amend the election law, in  relation  to
  the state campaign finance board (Part B)


  Section 1. Legislative  findings  and  declarations.  The  legislature
finds  and  declares  that  the  current  system  of  privately financed
campaigns diminishes the meaning of the right to vote by allowing  large
contributions to have deleterious influence on the political process. As
the United States Supreme Court found in BUCKLEY V. VALEO, states have a
compelling  governmental  interest  "to reduce the deleterious effect of
large contributions on our political process" and thereby to redress the
appearance or reality of favoritism or corruption in public office.  The
legislature  finds  and  declares that such deleterious effects arise in
insidious ways, including but not limited to the creation of the appear-
ance if not reality that donors of  large  campaign  contributions  have
disproportionate  access to and influence on the legislative process and
that recipients of such moneys have  or  appear  to  have  conflicts  of
interest  in  the  discharge  of  their public duties. These effects, in
turn, directly and substantially  undermine  public  confidence  in  the
legislative  process  in  this  state  and discourage meaningful partic-

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


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