senate Bill S4501

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

Your Voice

do you support this bill?

Please enter your contact information

Home address is used to determine the senate district in which you reside. Your support or opposition to this bill is then shared immediately with the senator who represents you.

Optional services from the NY State Senate:

Create an account. An account allows you to officially support or oppose key legislation, sign petitions with a single click, and follow issues, committees, and bills that matter to you. When you create an account, you agree to this platform's terms of participation.

Include a custom message for your Senator? (Optional)

Enter a message to your senator. Many New Yorkers use this to share the reasoning behind their support or opposition to the bill. Others might share a personal anecdote about how the bill would affect them or people they care about.


view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to elections
Apr 03, 2013 referred to elections

S4501 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
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

S4501 (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.

S4501 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4501 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 3, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

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


  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
eliminate the deleterious influence of large contributions on the  poli-
tical process, remove access to wealth as a major determinant of a citi-
zen's influence within the political process, and restore the meaning of

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


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.