assembly Bill A5642

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the "corporate political activity accountability to shareholders act"

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Feb 14, 2019 referred to election law

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A5642 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2364
Law Section:
Business Corporation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§631, 1321, 1517 & 1534, BC L; add §78, Coop Corps L; add §522, N-PC L; add §35, Rail L; add §7, Transp Corps L; add §5017, Bank L; add §510, Lim Lil L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A9948, S7083
2011-2012: A696, S101
2013-2014: A7287, S177
2015-2016: A289, S138
2017-2018: A1148, S3658, S7066

A5642 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "corporate political activity accountability to shareholders act"; requires that corporate contributions to a political candidate or party committee or in support or opposition to a candidate or ballot referendum be approved by a majority of shareholders; applies to cooperative corporations, not-for-profit corporations, railroad and transportation corporations.

A5642 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5642

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. ROZIC, ABINANTI, COLTON, GALEF, JAFFEE, LIFTON,
  LUPARDO, PEOPLES-STOKES, L. ROSENTHAL -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.  of
  A.  GLICK, SIMON, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on
  Election Law

AN ACT to amend the business corporation  law,  the  cooperative  corpo-
  rations law, the not-for-profit corporation law, the railroad law, the
  transportation  corporations  law,  the  banking  law  and the limited
  liability company law, in relation to enacting  the  "corporate  poli-
  tical activity accountability to shareholders act"

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

  Section 1. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be  cited  as
the "corporate political activity accountability to shareholders act".
  §  2.  The business corporation law is amended by adding a new section
631 to read as follows:
§ 631. POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS.
  (A) DEFINITIONS. WHEN USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (1) THE TERM "CONTRIBUTION" MEANS ANY GIFT, SUBSCRIPTION,  OUTSTANDING
LOAN,  ADVANCE,  DEPOSIT  OF  MONEY  OR ANY THING OF VALUE PROVIDED TO A
POLITICAL COMMITTEE, PARTY  COMMITTEE,  CONSTITUTED  COMMITTEE  OR  DULY
CONSTITUTED  SUBCOMMITTEE  OF  A  COUNTY  COMMITTEE,  AS THOSE TERMS ARE
DEFINED IN ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE ELECTION LAW,  IN  SUPPORT  OR  OPPO-
SITION  TO A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OR PARTY OFFICE, REFERENDUM, POLITICAL
PARTY, ELECTIONEERING COMMUNICATION OR ANY  COMMUNICATION  MADE  TO  THE
GENERAL  PUBLIC INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO CONTACT A GOVERNMENT
OFFICIAL, CANDIDATE FOR  PUBLIC  OR  PARTY  OFFICE  OR  POLITICAL  PARTY
REGARDING  PENDING  LEGISLATION,  PUBLIC  POLICY OR A GOVERNMENT RULE OR
REGULATION;
  (2) THE TERM "INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE" MEANS AN EXPENDITURE MADE BY  A
PERSON  FOR AN AUDIO OR VIDEO COMMUNICATION TO A GENERAL PUBLIC AUDIENCE
VIA BROADCAST, CABLE OR SATELLITE OR A WRITTEN COMMUNICATION TO A GENER-

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

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