|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to finance|
|Jan 28, 2013||referred to finance|
senate Bill S2966
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S2966 - Details
S2966 - Summary
Prohibits the use or exploitation of official position by an officer or employee of a state agency for political fundraising as a standard of ethics for state employees; makes unlawful use of official position, in the first or second degree, to engage in political fundraising a class E felony and class A misdemeanor, respectively.
S2966 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2966 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law and the penal law, in relation to prohibiting the use of an official position for political fundraising PURPOSE: To limit and guard against public officials using the informa- tion and influence of their policymaking public positions to raise funds for political candidates. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill also adds two new paragraphs to section seventy-four of the public officers law to prohibit officers and employ- ees of a state agency and other policy makers from using their public position or information gained through that position to raise funds for political candidates. The bill also adds two new sections to the penal law making it illegal for a person to exploit his or her official position in a state agency or as a policy maker to solicit funds or allow his or her name to be used to solicit funds for a political candidate. Criminal penalties include a class A misdemeanor and a class E felony. JUSTIFICATION: This bill strengthens the limitations on certain state public officers from using their position to raise funds for political candidates. The measure attempts to strike at a widespread and corro- sive practice of public officials soliciting campaign contributions or
S2966 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2966 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 28, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the public officers law and the penal law, in relation to prohibiting the use of an official position for political fundrais- ing THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. It is the intent of this legislation to declare that public officers have a responsibility to ensure that their conduct will not violate the public trust placed in them. Public officers must make certain that their conduct will not raise any suspicions or give the impression that they are acting in violation of such public trust. It is important that the legislature set forth the high standards of ethical conduct to which public officials are expected to adhere. S 2. Subdivision 3 of section 74 of the public officers law is amended by adding two new paragraphs j and k to read as follows: J. NO OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF A STATE AGENCY SHALL ATTEMPT TO EXPLOIT OR OTHERWISE USE HIS OR HER OFFICIAL POSITION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASKING FOR OR REQUESTING POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF ANY CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR POLITICAL COMMITTEE, NOR SHALL SUCH OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE USE ANY INFORMATION GAINED BY REASON OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL POSITION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASKING FOR OR REQUESTING POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS. K. NO OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF A STATE AGENCY WHO HOLDS THE POSITION OF COMMISSIONER, DIRECTOR, SUPERINTENDENT, CHAIR, BOARD MEMBER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR, OR OTHER POSITION OF ULTIMATE AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY SHALL SOLICIT POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF ANY CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR POLITICAL COMMITTEE, OR PERMIT HIS OR HER NAME TO BE USED FOR POLITICAL FUNDRAISING. S 3. The penal law is amended by adding two new sections 200.28 and 200.29 to read as follows: S 200.28 UNLAWFUL USE OF AN OFFICIAL POSITION IN THE FIRST DEGREE. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03199-01-3
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