senate Bill S7578

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the democracy preservation act

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


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Jan 28, 2020 referred to elections

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S7578 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §14-116-a, amd §§14-100 & 14-116, El L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S1126

S7578 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the democracy preservation act; prohibits contributions by foreign-influenced business entities; requires certification that contributing business entities are not a foreign-influenced business entity.

S7578 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7578 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7578

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 28, 2020
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the "democracy
  preservation act"; and in relation  to  prohibiting  contributions  by
  foreign-influenced business entities and requiring certification

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "democracy
preservation act".
  §  2.  The election law is amended by adding a new section 14-116-a to
read as follows:
  § 14-116-A. PROHIBITED CONTRIBUTIONS  BY  FOREIGN-INFLUENCED  BUSINESS
ENTITIES.  1.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, IT
SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR A FOREIGN-INFLUENCED BUSINESS ENTITY, DIRECTLY  OR
INDIRECTLY,  TO  MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OR DONATION OF MONEY OR OTHER THING
OF VALUE, OR TO MAKE AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED PROMISE TO  MAKE  A  CONTRIB-
UTION OR DONATION, IN CONNECTION WITH A STATE OR LOCAL ELECTION.
  2.  IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR A BUSINESS ENTITY PROHIBITED UNDER SUBDI-
VISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO MAKE  A  CONTRIB-
UTION  OR  DONATION  TO A CONSTITUTED COMMITTEE, INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE
COMMITTEE, POLITICAL COMMITTEE, OR PARTY COMMITTEE.
  3. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR A BUSINESS ENTITY PROHIBITED UNDER  SUBDI-
VISION  ONE OF THIS SECTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO MAKE AN EXPENDI-
TURE, INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE, OR DISBURSEMENT FOR A POLITICAL  COMMUNI-
CATION.
  4.  IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO KNOWINGLY SOLICIT, ACCEPT, OR
RECEIVE A CONTRIBUTION OR DONATION DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE, TWO  OR
THREE OF THIS SECTION FROM A FOREIGN-INFLUENCED BUSINESS ENTITY.
  5.  ANY PERSON FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE GUILTY OF A
CLASS E FELONY AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A  CIVIL  PENALTY  EQUAL  TO  THE
CONTRIBUTION  OR  DONATION  AMOUNT  PLUS  A  FINE  OF UP TO TEN THOUSAND
DOLLARS, TO BE RECOVERABLE IN A SPECIAL PROCEEDING OR CIVIL ACTION TO BE
BROUGHT BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS CHIEF ENFORCEMENT COUNSEL.

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

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