senate Bill S295

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits state reimbursement of campaign and political committees, legal defense fund for payments made on behalf of the criminal defense of a state employee

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


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Jan 08, 2020 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 09, 2019 referred to investigations and government operations

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S295 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §19, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S2262
2017-2018: S2394
2021-2022: S164

S295 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits state reimbursement of campaign and political committees, or legal defense funds, for payments made on behalf of the criminal defense of a state employee.

S295 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S295 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    295
 
                        2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 9, 2019
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sens. GIANARIS, BROOKS, HOYLMAN, KAMINSKY, KRUEGER -- read
   twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
   Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
 
 AN ACT to amend the public officers  law,  in  relation  to  prohibiting
   reimbursement  of  campaign  committees  and  legal  defense funds for
   defense costs incurred on behalf of state employees
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Subdivision 2 of section 19 of the public officers law, as
 amended by chapter 769 of the laws  of  1985,  is  amended  to  read  as
 follows:
   2. (a) Upon compliance by the employee with the provisions of subdivi-
 sion three of this section, and subject to THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN
 PARAGRAPH  (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION AND the conditions set forth in para-
 graph [(b)] (C) of this subdivision, it shall be the duty of  the  state
 to pay reasonable attorneys' fees and litigation expenses incurred by or
 on  behalf of an employee in his or her defense of a criminal proceeding
 in a state or federal court arising out of any act which occurred  while
 such  employee  was  acting within the scope of his public employment or
 duties upon his acquittal or upon the dismissal of the criminal  charges
 against him or reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in connection with an
 appearance  before  a  grand jury which returns no true bill against the
 employee where such appearance was required as a result of any act which
 occurred while such employee was acting within the scope of  his  public
 employment  or duties unless such appearance occurs in the normal course
 of the public employment or duties of such employee.
   (b)  NO REIMBURSEMENT SHALL BE PAID PURSUANT TO THIS  SECTION  TO  ANY
 CAMPAIGN OR POLITICAL COMMITTEE, OR LEGAL DEFENSE FUND WHICH PAYS ALL OR
 ANY  PORTION  OF  AN  EMPLOYEES' REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AND/OR LITI-
 GATION EXPENSES.   FURTHERMORE, AN EMPLOYEE  ON  WHOSE  BEHALF  A  LEGAL
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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