A07289 Summary:

BILL NO    A07289A

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Lalor

COSPNSR    McLaughlin, Borelli, Nojay

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S5, Leg L

Reduces travel expenses and per diems for members of the legislature living
less than one hundred and twenty-five miles from the capitol.
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A07289 Actions:

BILL NO    A07289A

05/10/2013 referred to governmental operations
05/21/2013 amend (t) and recommit to governmental operations
05/21/2013 print number 7289a
01/08/2014 referred to governmental operations
05/13/2014 held for consideration in governmental operations
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A07289 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07289 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A7289A

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
reducing travel expenses and per diems for members of the legislature
and eliminating per diems for members living less than one hundred
twenty-five miles from the capitol

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Reduces travel expenses and per diems for members of the legislature
to one hundred dollars, eliminates per diems and travel expenses for
members living less than one hundred and twenty-five miles from the
capitol, and requires receipts for per diem and travel expenses.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Amends 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.

JUSTIFICATION:

Many New Yorkers have long daily commutes. But, unlike New York state
legislators, they are not reimbursed for travel expenses or with daily
per diems. When most employees travel for business, their employers
require receipts to account for each expense. New York state
legislators don't need to show any receipts for their travel, food,
and lodging expenses. That is outrageous and has led to a system rife
with fraud and abuse.

We need to eliminate travel and per diem reimbursements for
legislators who live within 125 miles of Albany. In addition, we can
reduce the per diem reimbursements to $100 per day and require
receipts for reimbursements. It's an open secret that legislators
apply for more in reimbursements than they actually spend while in
Albany, pocketing the difference. Also, the legislature regularly
holds short sessions ranging from 90 minutes to 4 hours each day for
three consecutive days. Those sessions could be combined into one long
workday, but legislators receive per diem reimbursement for each of
those very short sessions. No private business would waste money so
wantonly. New York taxpayers cannot continue to afford to pay for
these unnecessary perks for legislators.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Total savings for the state to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill shall take effect immediately.
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A07289 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                        7289--A

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     May 10, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  LALOR,  McLAUGHLIN, BORELLI -- read once and
         referred to the Committee  on  Governmental  Operations  --  committee
         discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
         to said committee

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  legislative law, in relation to reducing travel
         expenses and per diems for members of the legislature and  eliminating
         per  diems  for members living less than one hundred twenty-five miles
         from the capitol

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section  5 of the legislative law, as
    2  amended by section 1 of part M-1 of chapter 407 of the laws of 1999,  is
    3  amended to read as follows:
    4    2.  Each  member of the legislature LIVING MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED TWEN-
    5  TY-FIVE MILES FROM THE STATE CAPITOL shall receive payment of actual and
    6  necessary transportation expenses and a per diem equivalent to the  most
    7  recent federal per diem rates published by the General Services Adminis-
    8  tration  and set forth in 41 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 301,
    9  App. A, while in travel status in the performance of his or her  duties;
   10  and  such other reasonable expenses as may be necessary for the perform-
   11  ance of the member's responsibilities as  determined  by  the  temporary
   12  president  of the senate or speaker of the assembly for their respective
   13  houses, AS DOCUMENTED WITH RECEIPTS, NOT TO EXCEED ONE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS
   14  PER DAY. The per diem allowances, including partial per diem allowances,
   15  shall be made pursuant to regulations promulgated by the temporary pres-
   16  ident of the senate and the speaker of the assembly for their respective
   17  houses,  on audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers approved by
   18  the temporary president of the senate or his or  her  designee  and  the
   19  speaker  of  the  assembly  or  his or her designee for their respective
   20  houses.
   21    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD09653-04-3
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