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AB1893 Summary:

BILL NOA01893
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORMcLaughlin
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 5, Leg L
 
Eliminates ability of legislators to earn certain perks associated with transportation, including, but not limited to, frequent-flier miles and reward points for hotel stays.
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AB1893 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1893
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 13, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  McLAUGHLIN  -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Governmental Operations
 
        AN ACT to amend the legislative law,  in  relation  to  eliminating  the
          ability of legislators to earn certain perks
 
          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 added
     2  by section 7 of part CC of chapter 56 of the laws of 2015, is amended to
     3  read as follows:
     4    2. [(a)] Each member of the legislature[, upon verification of attend-
     5  ance, which shall be by electronic  verification  when  practicable,  in
     6  compliance  with  the  policies set forth by the speaker of the assembly
     7  and the temporary president of the senate for their respective  bodies,]
     8  shall  [be  eligible to] receive payment of actual and necessary [travel
     9  expenses] transportation expenses and a per diem equivalent to the  most
    10  recent federal per diem rates published by the general services adminis-
    11  tration  as  set forth in 41 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 301,
    12  App. A, [for the time in which the member was] while in travel status in
    13  the performance of his or her duties [during the  months  in  which  the
    14  legislature  is  scheduled  to  be in regular session. During the months
    15  when the legislature is not scheduled to be in regular session,  members
    16  shall  receive  such actual and necessary travel expenses and per diems,
    17  in compliance with verification policies and in  accord  with  standards
    18  and limits for reimbursable events set forth by]; and such other reason-
    19  able  expenses  as  may be necessary for the performance of the member's
    20  responsibilities as determined by the speaker of the  assembly  and  the
    21  temporary  president of the senate for their respective [bodies] houses;
    22  provided, however, that any perks associated with  such  transportation,
    23  including, but not limited to frequent-flier miles, or reward points for
    24  hotel  stays, shall be either donated to the state to lower travel costs
    25  or donated to charity. The per diem  allowances  including  partial  per
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04295-01-7

        A. 1893                             2
 
     1  diem allowances shall be made pursuant to regulations promulgated by the
     2  temporary  president  of  the senate and the speaker of the assembly for
     3  their respective houses, on audit and  warrant  of  the  comptroller  on
     4  vouchers approved by the temporary president of the senate or his or her
     5  designee  and  speaker  of the assembly or his or her designee for their
     6  respective houses. The temporary president of the senate or his  or  her
     7  designee  and  the  speaker of the assembly or his or her designee shall
     8  promulgate any rules necessary for the elimination and  control  of  any
     9  perks associated with transportation expenses.
    10    [(b)  Each house shall make available on its website all documentation
    11  otherwise available to the public pursuant to  section  eighty-eight  of
    12  the  public  officers  law related to the payment of travel expenses and
    13  per diems.]
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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