Prohibits a member of the legislature from engaging in any outside paid activity during his or her term of office.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to prohibiting outside work by a legislator during the term of office
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Prohibits a member of the legislature from engaging in any outside paid activity during his or her term of office.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends the Legislative Law by adding a new section 2-a. Prohibits members from engaging in outside activity for renumeration while in office.
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: How much transparency should be demanded by the people of their representatives? As long as we allow legislators to hold outside business interests, there is a potential that these outside business interests could one day cause a serious conflict of interest, or at least in the public's eye, the perception of one.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.284 - Defeated in Investigations & Government Operations 2009-10: S.3149 - Referred to Investigations & Government Operations/A.4704 - Held for consideration Governmental Operations
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2013
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 284--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. DIAZ, ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investi- gations and Government Operations in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to prohibiting outside work by a legislator during the term of office THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 2-a to read as follows: S 2-A. MEMBERS PROHIBITED FROM ENGAGING IN OUTSIDE ACTIVITY FOR REMUN- ERATION WHILE IN OFFICE. NO MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE, EITHER SENATE OR ASSEMBLY, SHALL ENGAGE IN ANY OUTSIDE ACTIVITY FOR REMUNERATION OF ANY KIND DURING HIS OR HER TERM OF OFFICE. S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02585-02-1