Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 28, 2020||
referred to elections
Senate Bill S7578
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S7578 (ACTIVE) - Details
2019-S7578 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7578 SPONSOR: GIANARIS TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE: To ban political spending by foreign-influenced business entities in New York's state and local elections. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one is the title. Section two of the bill amends the election law by adding section 14-116-a to prohibit contributions by foreign-influenced business enti- ties.
2019-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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