Restricts form, amount and time of political contributions by lobbyists and the acceptance of such contributions by public officials.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to restrictions on political contributions from lobbyists
PURPOSE: The bill limits the dollar amount of political contributions that lobbyists can give to members of the legislature and that members can receive from lobbyists, and when the contributions can be given.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill adds new sections 1-u and 1-v to the legislative law. Section 1-u prohibits lobbyists from giving more than $250 per candidate per election and restricts contributions to July 1st through December 31st. Section 1-v places the same limits on what and when public officials can accept campaign contributions from lobbyists.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill targets the issue of the adverse public perception generated by the large number of fundraising events in and around the capitol attended almost exclusively by lobbyists and their clients whose interests are before legislature. In addition to banning campaign fundraisers during session, my bill would also ban contributions during this period. This bill would bar both the offering and receipt of lobbyists' contributions during the legislative session and set lobbyist's contribution limits of $250.00 per candidate per election in the off session.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.4546 (Squadron) - Finance, A.477 (Kavanagh) - Governmental Operations 2008: A.2913 (Kavanagh) - Governmental Operations 2007: A.2913 (Kavanagh) - Governmental Operations 2007: A.2913 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2006: A.1843A (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2005: A.1843 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2004: A.6694 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2003: A.6694 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2002: A.1636 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2001: A.1636 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations 2000: A.9710 (Grannis) - Governmental Operations
FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 37 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to restrictions on political contributions from lobbyists THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Sections 1-u and 1-v of the legislative law are redesig- nated sections 1-w and 1-x and two new sections 1-u and 1-v are added to read as follows: S 1-U. RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY LOBBYISTS. A LOBBY- IST SHALL NOT SOLICIT, MAKE OR TRANSMIT A CONTRIBUTION OR A REQUEST FOR A CONTRIBUTION FROM OR TO ANY PERSON, INCLUDING A POLITICAL COMMITTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL OR PARTY COMMITTEE, FOR ELECTION TO ANY STATE OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OFFICE; EXCEPT THAT A LOBBYIST MAY MAKE A POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION UP TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER CANDI- DATE PER ELECTION; PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT FOR STATE LEVEL PUBLIC OFFI- CIALS, SUCH CONTRIBUTION MAY ONLY BE MADE BETWEEN JULY FIRST AND DECEM- BER THIRTY-FIRST. S 1-V. RESTRICTIONS ON ACCEPTANCE OF POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS. A PUBLIC OFFICIAL SHALL NOT KNOWINGLY ACCEPT, SOLICIT, OR TRANSMIT A CONTRIBUTION OR A REQUEST FOR A CONTRIBUTION FOR HIMSELF OR HERSELF OR ANY PUBLIC OFFICIAL, POLITICAL COMMITTEE, OR CANDIDATE FROM OR ON BEHALF OF ANY LOBBYIST REGULATED BY THIS ARTICLE, EXCEPT THAT A PUBLIC OFFICIAL MAY ACCEPT POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM A LOBBYIST, UP TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER ELECTION; PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT FOR STATE LEVEL PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SUCH CONTRIBUTION MAY ONLY BE MADE BETWEEN JULY FIRST AND DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00063-01-1