Bill Text: NY S03956 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Prohibits contributions by executive appointees to the governor who appointed them.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-21 - REFERRED TO ELECTIONS [S03956 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03956-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 21, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- 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 contributions by execu-
          tive appointees
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The election law is amended by adding a new section 14-131
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 14-131. Contributions by executive appointees. 1. (a) No  individual
     4  appointed  by  the  governor, including but not limited to appointees to
     5  any commission, board, council, panel, or public authority, shall make a
     6  monetary contribution to the campaign of such governor or to  any  poli-
     7  tical  campaign  committee  organized  by or for the specific benefit of
     8  such governor.
     9    (b) Such prohibition shall apply to any  contributions  occurring  one
    10  year  prior  to,  during the term of, and one year following the term of
    11  his or her appointment.
    12    (c) Such prohibition shall  also  apply  to  anyone  residing  in  the
    13  appointee's  household including, but not limited to, a spouse, domestic
    14  partner, or child.
    15    2. Before an individual is appointed by the  governor,  the  appointee
    16  shall  identify  any  contributions  made  to  such  governor within the
    17  twelve-month period immediately prior to the date  of  appointment,  and
    18  such governor shall refund the entire amount of any such contribution.
    19    3.  No appointee shall request or demand that any other person make or
    20  offer to make any monetary contribution to the campaign of such governor
    21  or to any political campaign committee organized by or for the  specific
    22  benefit of such governor.
    23    4.  Such  prohibition shall apply regardless of the method of removing
    24  such appointee from office, or regardless  of  any  requirement  on  the
    25  appointee to file a statement of financial disclosure.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 3956                             2
     1    §  2.  Section  14-126  of the election law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 8 to read as follows:
     3    8.  (a)  Any  person  who,  under  circumstances evincing an intent to
     4  violate such law, makes or receives a contribution in  contravention  of
     5  section  14-131  of this article shall be subject to a civil penalty not
     6  to exceed the greater of ten thousand dollars or an amount equal to  two
     7  hundred percent of the contribution.
     8    (b)  Any person who, acting as or on behalf of an officeholder, candi-
     9  date, or political committee,  accepts  a  contribution  or  receives  a
    10  transfer  in  contravention  of  section 14-131 of this article shall be
    11  required to refund such contribution.
    12    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    13  it shall have become a law.