senate Bill S1164

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Alters provision respecting filing of campaign financial disclosure statements

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S1164 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง14-108, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S588
2009-2010: S472

S1164 - Bill Texts

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Broadens requirements with respect to campaign disclosure statements to require expenditures of $5,000 or more incurred in the final 10 days of an election to be reported within 24 hours to the Board of Elections and requires such statements to be filed in person or sent by express mail; also requires that all filings made during the final 15 day period prior to an election should be filed in person or sent by express mail.

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BILL NUMBER:S1164

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to the manner of filing of
campaign financial disclosure statements

PURPOSE:
To require that last-minute campaign expenditures in excess of $5,000,
be disclosed to the Board of Elections within 24 hours. This bill
would also require any statements that are required to be filed in
the final 15 days preceding an election day to be done so in person
or by express mail.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends Section 14-108 subdivision 2 to require that all
candidates and campaign committees report campaign expenditures or
liabilities in excess of $5,000 incurred in the final 10 days
preceding an election, to the Board of Elections within 24 hours.
Under current law, only contributions in excess of $1,000 are subject
to a 24 hour reporting requirement in the final 10 days preceding an
election. The bill also amends Section 14-108 subdivision 6 to
require that all campaign financial disclosure filings made during
the final 15 day period prior to an election, be filed in person or
by express mail to assure prompt delivery and dissemination.
Currently, such filings are allowed to be made by first class mail.

JUSTIFICATION:
Current state regulations require the final pre-election campaign
financial disclosure statement to be filed 11 days prior to election
day (9 NYCRR Sec. 6200.2). However, many candidates file their
statements using first-class mail and deem it filed when it is
postmarked. Depending on where the candidates are filing from, the
statement can take one or more days to reach the State Board of
Elections in Albany. While the statement makes its way through the
mail, important contributor and campaign expenditure information is
unavailable to the public. This bill would ensure prompt public
disclosure and access to this important campaign fund information.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-2012: S.588/A.5875 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections/Assembly Committee on Election Law
2009-2010: S.472/A.504 Remained in the Senate Committee on
Elections/Assembly Committee on Election Law
2007-2008: S.735 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
2005-2006: S.219 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections
2003-2004: S.3261 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.


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

                                  1164

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, KRUEGER, SAMPSON, 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 the manner of filing of
  campaign financial disclosure statements

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 14-108 of  the  election  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  109  of  the  laws  of 1997, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. Each statement shall cover the  period  up  to  and  including  the
fourth  day  next  preceding  the  day specified for the filing thereof;
provided, however, that any contribution or loan in excess of one  thou-
sand  dollars  OR  ANY  LIABILITY  INCURRED  IN  EXCESS OF FIVE THOUSAND
DOLLARS, if received OR INCURRED after the close of  the  period  to  be
covered  in  the  last  statement  filed  before any primary, general or
special election but before such election, shall  be  reported,  in  the
same  manner  as  other  contributions,  within  twenty-four hours after
receipt.
  S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 14-108 of the election law,  as  amended
by  chapter  323 of the laws of 1977 and as redesignated by chapter 9 of
the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
   6.  A statement shall be deemed properly filed when deposited  in  an
established post-office within the prescribed time, duly stamped, certi-
fied  and  directed  to the officer with whom or to the board with which
the statement is required to be filed,  but  in  the  event  it  is  not
received,  a  duplicate  of  such statement shall be promptly filed upon
notice by such officer or such board of its non-receipt. ALL  STATEMENTS
REQUIRED  TO  BE  FILED IN THE FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE ANY ELECTION SHALL BE
FILED IN PERSON OR SENT BY EXPRESS MAIL.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01373-01-3

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