senate Bill S917

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions to support or oppose candidates

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S917 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1339
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง14-121, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S559, A836

S917 - Bill Texts

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Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions in support or opposition to candidates for election to public office to: one committee for each of the 3 types of committees specified: state senate, state assembly and federal account.

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BILL NUMBER:S917

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to limiting
the number and type
of party committees which may be established
by state committees
for the receipt and expenditure
of campaign contributions to aid in the election
or defeat of candidates for public office

PURPOSE:
To limit the number of party committees that
a party can form.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends the Election Law by adding a new section 14-121.
Defines the types of party committees affected by this legislation.

JUSTIFICATION:
The development of multiple par1y committees has
become a new method of avoiding contribution limits to political
parties. This abuse allows virtually an unlimited number of
contributions to be made, which frustrates disclosure, the intent and
the spirit of the campaign finance law. It leads the public to think
that political parties are for sale and destroys confidence in the
electoral process. This bill restores the original intent and purpose
of party committees and closes election law loopholes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010 - S.559/A.836 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.
2007/2008 - S.802/A.1411 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.
2005/2006 - S.1152/A.1332 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of December
after which it has become law.

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

                                   917

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, DUANE, KRUEGER, KRUGER, MONTGOMERY,
  OPPENHEIMER, SMITH, STAVISKY -- 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 limiting the number and
  type  of party committees which may be established by state committees
  for the receipt and expenditure of campaign contributions  to  aid  in
  the election or defeat of candidates for public office

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

  Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section  14-121
to read as follows:
  S  14-121.  NUMBER AND TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEES WHICH MAY BE FORMED BY
STATE COMMITTEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF  RECEIVING  AND  EXPENDING  CAMPAIGN
CONTRIBUTIONS  IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO
PUBLIC OFFICE LIMITED.  1.  STATE  COMMITTEES  MAY  ESTABLISH  ONLY  THE
FOLLOWING  TYPES  OF  PARTY  COMMITTEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING AND
EXPENDING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES FOR ELECTION TO PUBLIC OFFICE:
  A.  STATE  SENATE  PARTY  COMMITTEE.  THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY
RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES FOR ELECTION TO STATE SENATE IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  B.  STATE  ASSEMBLY  PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY
RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES FOR ELECTION TO STATE ASSEMBLY IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  C.  FEDERAL  ACCOUNT PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY
RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION  TO  CANDI-
DATES  FOR  ELECTION  TO FEDERAL OFFICE IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS
PROVIDED THAT SUCH COMMITTEE IS ALSO IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04384-01-1

S. 917                              2

  2. EACH STATE COMMITTEE MAY ESTABLISH NO MORE THAN ONE PARTY COMMITTEE
OF EACH OF THE TYPES OF PARTY COMMITTEES DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed-
ing  the date on which it shall have become a law, except that effective
immediately state committees shall take any and all actions necessary to
be in compliance with the requirements of this act on its effective date
before such date occurs.

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