senate Bill S4424

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Prohibits members of the legislature from receiving earned income from sources outside of the legislature; provides for the establishment of blind trusts by legislators; regulates the payment of per diem

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Investigations And Government Operations Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to investigations and government operations
Mar 19, 2015 referred to investigations and government operations


S4424 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add §5-b, amd §5, Leg L; add §73-c, amd §73-a, Pub Off L; amd §94, Exec L

S4424 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits members of the legislature from receiving earned income from sources outside of the legislature; provides for the establishment of blind trusts by legislators; requires persons required to file annual financial disclosure statements, to file such statements for all periods during which they are in public office or employment, or a political party position, regardless of whether such person has terminated his or her public or party position; places additional requirement upon claims for per diem allowance by members of the legislature.

S4424 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4424 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 19, 2015

Introduced  by  Sens.  KLEIN,  AVELLA, CARLUCCI, SAVINO, VALESKY -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Investigations and Government Operations

AN  ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to prohibiting members
  of the state legislature from receiving earned income from any  source
  other  than  the  state (Part A); to amend the public officers law and
  the executive law, in relation to authorizing  members  of  the  state
  legislature  to place their business interests into blind trusts (Part
  B); to amend the public officers law, in relation to requiring certain
  public officers to file financial disclosure  statements  after  their
  termination  of  public employment (Part C); and to amend the legisla-
  tive law, in relation to eligibility for per diem payments to  members
  of the state legislature (Part D)


  Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the policy of the  state  of  New
York  that  a  state  officer or state employee may not have a direct or
indirect interest, including financial and other interests, or engage in
a business transaction or professional activity, or incur any obligation
of any nature that is in substantial conflict with the proper  discharge
of the officer's or employee's duties in the public interest. Therefore,
in the interests of restoring faith and integrity in government, holding
state  legislators  accountable,  and  avoiding  conflicts  of interest,
legislators should be prohibited from earning an outside income  due  to
the  real  or  perceived  conflicts  of  that  outside activity with the
discharge of his or her duties. Accordingly, the legislature finds  that
if  a  state  legislator  creates  a  qualified blind trust and does not
control the interests held by the trust, his  or  her  official  actions
will  not  be influenced or appear to be influenced by private consider-
ations. Such trusts must be established and operate  in  a  manner  that
ensures  that  there  is  an actual lack of knowledge and control by the

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


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