Bill S917-2011

Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions to support or oppose candidates

Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions in support or opposition to candidates for election to public office to: one committee for each of the 3 types of committees specified: state senate, state assembly and federal account.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S917

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to limiting the number and type of party committees which may be established by state committees for the receipt and expenditure of campaign contributions to aid in the election or defeat of candidates for public office

PURPOSE: To limit the number of party committees that a party can form.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the Election Law by adding a new section 14-121. Defines the types of party committees affected by this legislation.

JUSTIFICATION: The development of multiple par1y committees has become a new method of avoiding contribution limits to political parties. This abuse allows virtually an unlimited number of contributions to be made, which frustrates disclosure, the intent and the spirit of the campaign finance law. It leads the public to think that political parties are for sale and destroys confidence in the electoral process. This bill restores the original intent and purpose of party committees and closes election law loopholes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010 - S.559/A.836 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law. 2007/2008 - S.802/A.1411 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law. 2005/2006 - S.1152/A.1332 Remained in the Senate Committee on Elections and the Assembly Committee on Election Law.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of December after which it has become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 917 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, DUANE, KRUEGER, KRUGER, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER, SMITH, STAVISKY -- 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 limiting the number and type of party committees which may be established by state committees for the receipt and expenditure of campaign contributions to aid in the election or defeat of candidates for public office THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section 14-121 to read as follows: S 14-121. NUMBER AND TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEES WHICH MAY BE FORMED BY STATE COMMITTEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING AND EXPENDING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO PUBLIC OFFICE LIMITED. 1. STATE COMMITTEES MAY ESTABLISH ONLY THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF PARTY COMMITTEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING AND EXPENDING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDI- DATES FOR ELECTION TO PUBLIC OFFICE: A. STATE SENATE PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDI- DATES FOR ELECTION TO STATE SENATE IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS. B. STATE ASSEMBLY PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDI- DATES FOR ELECTION TO STATE ASSEMBLY IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS. C. FEDERAL ACCOUNT PARTY COMMITTEE. THIS TYPE OF PARTY COMMITTEE MAY RECEIVE AND EXPEND CONTRIBUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF OR OPPOSITION TO CANDI- DATES FOR ELECTION TO FEDERAL OFFICE IN GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS PROVIDED THAT SUCH COMMITTEE IS ALSO IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW.
2. EACH STATE COMMITTEE MAY ESTABLISH NO MORE THAN ONE PARTY COMMITTEE OF EACH OF THE TYPES OF PARTY COMMITTEES DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law, except that effective immediately state committees shall take any and all actions necessary to be in compliance with the requirements of this act on its effective date before such date occurs.

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