|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
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|Jan 04, 2012||referred to elections|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to elections|
senate Bill S54
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S54 - Details
S54 - Summary
Relates to uniform maximum contributions for all candidates regardless of position or office.
S54 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S54 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to contribution limitations PURPOSE: To reduce campaign contribution limits for candidates for election to a party position or public office or for nomination to public office to $2,400 per election. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would set campaign contribution limits for candidates for election to any party position or public office or for nomination to any public office at $2,400 per election (or a total of $4,800 for a primary and general election cycle). It would eliminate distinctions between statewide candidates, candidates for Assembly or Senate, or other candidates contributions to whom currently are subject to different limits depending on the office sought. It would also eliminate separate limits that currently apply to family members of candidates. JUSTIFICATION: It is widely believed that our campaign finance laws need substantial changes to ensure the integrity of elections in our state. This bill does not address the broad range of issues that might be addressed in
S54 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 54 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- 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 contribution limita- tions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 14-114 of the election law, as amended by chapter 79 of the laws of 1992, paragraphs a and b as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 1. [The following limitations apply to all contributions to candidates for election to any public office or for nomination for any such office, or for election to any party positions, and to all contributions to political committees working directly or indirectly with any candidate to aid or participate in such candidate's nomination or election, other than any contributions to any party committee or constituted committee: a. In any election for a public office to be voted on by the voters of the entire state, or for nomination to any such office, no contributor may make a contribution to any candidate or political committee, and no candidate or political committee may accept any contribution from any contributor, which is in the aggregate amount greater than: (i) in the case of any nomination to public office, the product of the total number of enrolled voters in the candidate's party in the state, excluding voters in inactive status, multiplied by $.005, but such amount shall be not less than four thousand dollars nor more than twelve thousand dollars as increased or decreased by the cost of living adjustment described in paragraph c of this subdivision, and (ii) in the case of any election to a public office, twenty-five thousand dollars as increased or decreased by the cost of living adjustment described in paragraph c of this subdivision; provided however, that the maximum amount which may be so contributed or accepted, in the aggregate, from EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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