Bill S1051-2011

Relates to freezing per diems for legislators with secondary incomes exceeding 20 percent of their legislative salaries

Relates to freezing per diems for legislators with secondary incomes exceeding 20 percent of their legislative salaries.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S1051             REVISED 12/06/12

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to freezing per diems for legislators with secondary incomes exceeding 20 percent of their legislative salaries

PURPOSE:

To limit per diem increases for legislators with sources of outside income during New York's fiscal crisis.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 2 of section 5 of the legislative law, freezing per diems at 2011-12 federal regulatory rates for legislators whose secondary salaries exceed 20% of their legislative salary, or 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four, whichever is less.

JUSTIFICATION:

In the midst of an economic crisis such as the one New York is currently enduring, it is important to set a standard of fiscal responsibility. This legislation would generate savings for the state by freezing unnecessary per diem increases for those legislators possessing substantial outside income. Such savings would aid in closing the state's budget deficit.

The Tennessee State Senate has passed a per diem freeze bill, SB.1372, through their state and local government committee. The bill freezes per diems at the 2010 rate until 2014, saving an estimated $1 million dollars over the course of four years (see,http://politics.nashvillepost.com/ 2010/03/18/per-diem-freeze-passes-committee-vote/). If New York State implements a similar law, such savings can be directed towards economic development, education, health care, or aid to New York's most vulnerable populations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.7952 - Referred to Investigations & Government Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Cost saving implications.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1051 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to freezing per diems for legislators with secondary incomes exceeding 20 percent of their legislative salaries THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 5 of the legislative law, as amended by section 1 of part M-1 of chapter 407 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: 2. Each member of the legislature shall receive payment of actual and necessary transportation expenses and a per diem equivalent to the most recent federal per diem rates published by the General Services Adminis- tration and set forth in 41 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 301, App. A, while in travel status in the performance of his or her duties; and such other reasonable expenses as may be necessary for the perform- ance of the member's responsibilities as determined by the temporary president of the senate or speaker of the assembly for their respective houses. The per diem allowances, including partial per diem allowances, shall be made pursuant to regulations promulgated by the temporary pres- ident of the senate and the speaker of the assembly for their respective houses, on audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers approved by the temporary president of the senate or his or her designee and the speaker of the assembly or his or her designee for their respective houses. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SECTION, THE PER DIEM RATE RECEIVED BY LEGISLATORS WITH SECONDARY INCOMES THAT EXCEED TWENTY PERCENT OF THEIR LEGISLATIVE SALARIES, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE PER DIEM RATE ESTABLISHED FOR THE TWO THOUSAND NINE-TWO THOUSAND TEN STATE FISCAL YEAR. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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