senate Bill S8130

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to independent expenditures during election campaigns

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Jun 13, 2016 referred to rules

S8130 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§14-107, 14-100, 14-112, 14-118, 14-114 & 14-126, add §14-107-a, El L

S8130 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to independent expenditures during election campaigns.

S8130 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 13, 2016

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

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation  to  independent  expendi-
  tures during election campaigns


  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 14-107 of  the  election  law,  as
amended  by  section  8 of part CC of chapter 56 of the laws of 2015, is
amended to read as follows:
  1. For purposes of this article:
  (a) "Independent expenditure" means an expenditure made  by  a  person
conveyed to five hundred or more members of a general public audience in
the  form of (i) an audio or video communication via broadcast, cable or
satellite, (ii) a written communication via  advertisements,  pamphlets,
circulars,  flyers,  brochures,  letterheads  or  (iii)  other published
statements which: (i) irrespective of when such communication  is  made,
contains  words  such as "vote," "oppose," "support," "elect," "defeat,"
or "reject," which call for the election or defeat of the clearly  iden-
tified  candidate, (ii) refers to and advocates for or against a clearly
identified candidate or ballot proposal on or after January first of the
year of the election in which such candidate is seeking office  or  such
proposal shall appear on the ballot, or (iii) within sixty days before a
general  or  special  election for the office sought by the candidate or
thirty days before a primary election, includes or references a  clearly
identified  candidate.  An  independent  expenditure  shall  not include
communications where such candidate, the candidate's political committee
or its agents, a party committee or its agents, or a constituted commit-
tee or its agents or a political committee formed to promote the success
or defeat of a ballot proposal or its agents,  did  authorize,  request,
suggest, foster or cooperate in such communication.
  (b) Independent expenditures do not include expenditures in connection
  (i)  a  written  news story, commentary, or editorial or a news story,
commentary, or editorial  distributed  through  the  facilities  of  any

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


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