assembly Bill A4116

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts a program for public financing of statewide elections, and elections for state senator, assembly person and district attorney; repealer

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to election law
Jan 31, 2013 referred to election law

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A4116 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4501
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A §§14-150 - 14-178, §3-109, amd §§14-102, 14-108, 14-114 & 3-104, rpld & add §3-100, El L; add §626-a, Tax L; amd §1-e, Leg L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A6504
2011-2012: A1267
2015-2016: A8349

A4116 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts a voluntary program for public financing of statewide elections, and elections for state senator, assembly person and district attorney; provides that each candidate who collects a specified amount of five dollar contributions and agrees to limit campaign spending receives a fixed amount of public financing; requires qualified candidate must agree to fixed number of debates; bans "soft money" political advertising (view more) increases campaign contribution reporting; recreates state board of elections.

A4116 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4116

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of A. ORTIZ, BRENNAN, ENGLEBRIGHT, GOTTFRIED, CLARK,
  O'DONNELL, PEOPLES-STOKES, GALEF, PAULIN, ROSENTHAL, KAVANAGH, LIFTON,
  KELLNER, MILLMAN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.  CAHILL,  COLTON,
  DINOWITZ,  GLICK,  LUPARDO,  THIELE  --  read once and referred to the
  Committee on Election Law

AN ACT to amend the election law, the tax law and the  legislative  law,
  in  relation  to  providing  for a program for clean election campaign
  financing and to repeal certain provisions of the election law  relat-
  ing to the state board of elections

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

  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 a deleterious influence on the political process.
As the U.S. Supreme Court found in  BUCKLEY  V.  VALEO,  states  have  a
compelling  interest "to reduce the deleterious effect of large contrib-
utions on our political process." The current system also  violates  the
rights  of  all  citizens  to  equal and meaningful participation in the
democratic or political process. It diminishes the free-speech rights of
non-wealthy voters and candidates whose voices are muffled by those  who
can  afford  to  monopolize political communications.  Additionally, the
current system fuels the public perception of conflicts of interest  and
the  domination  of special money interests.  That perception undermines
the electorate's confidence in the democratic process. It also makes  it
very difficult for qualified candidates without access to large contrib-
utors  or  personal  fortunes to mount competitive campaigns. Because it
places challengers at a distinct disadvantage, the system  inhibits  the
free exchange of ideas and communication with the electorate.
  The  legislature  finds  and declares that providing a voluntary clean
elections campaign finance system would enhance democracy. It would help

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07180-01-3

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