A05700 Summary:

BILL NO    A05700 

SAME AS    SAME AS S02857

SPONSOR    Kavanagh

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S14-112, El L

Prohibits candidates from authorizing more than one political committee for any
one election.
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A05700 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A5700

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the election law, in relation to
prohibiting candidates from authorizing more than one political
committee for any one election

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 14-112 of the election law, as
amended by chapter 930 of the laws of 1981, to require that political
committees supporting the election of a candidate must file a sworn,
verified statement by the candidate (in addition to the committee
treasurer as required in current law) that the candidate has
authorized the committee to support his or her election, or a sworn,
verified statement by the committee treasurer that the candidate has
not authorized the committee to support the candidate's election. It
further amends section 14-112 by adding a new subdivision 2 to
prohibit a candidate from authorizing more than one committee for any
election, and to require that if a candidate has more than one
authorized committee after this provision takes effect, the candidate
must disavow all but one such committee in writing to the state board
of elections within 30 days. It further amends section 14-112 by
adding a new subdivision 3 to provide for funds in a committee so
disavowed to be disposed of.

Section 2 of the bill establishes the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Current law permits a candidate to have a multiplicity of committees
and makes it harder for the public to have a clear view of funds
raised and spent by each candidate. This bill will make it easier to
follow a candidates fundraising by prohibiting a candidate from
authorizing more than one committee for any election

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2014: A07195A (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2013: A07195 (Kavanagh) -  Election Law
2012: A05880A (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2011: A05880 (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2010: A08756A (Kavanagh) - Election Law
2009: A08756 (Kavanagh) - Election Law

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become a law; provided, however, that the state board of elections
shall notify all candidates and political committees of the applicable
provisions of this act within thirty days after this act shall have
become a law.

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A05700 Text:

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

                                         5700

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     March 3, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit-
         tee on Election Law

       AN  ACT to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting candidates
         from authorizing  more  than  one  political  committee  for  any  one
         election

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

    1    Section 1.  Section 14-112 of the election law, as amended by  chapter
    2  930 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
    3    S   14-112.  [Political]  AUTHORIZED  COMMITTEE;  POLITICAL  committee
    4  authorization statement. 1. Any political  committee  aiding  or  taking
    5  part  in  the  election  or  nomination of any candidate[, other than by
    6  making contributions,] shall file, in the office in which the statements
    7  of such committee are to be filed pursuant to  this  article,  either  a
    8  sworn  verified  statement  by  the  treasurer of such committee AND THE
    9  CANDIDATE that [the] SUCH candidate has authorized the political commit-
   10  tee to aid or take part in his OR  HER  election  or  A  SWORN  VERIFIED
   11  STATEMENT  BY THE TREASURER OF SUCH COMMITTEE that the candidate has not
   12  authorized the committee to aid or take part in his OR HER election.
   13    2. NO CANDIDATE MAY AUTHORIZE MORE THAN ONE  POLITICAL  COMMITTEE  FOR
   14  ANY  ONE  ELECTION.   ANY CANDIDATE WHO, ON DECEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
   15  SIXTEEN, HAS AUTHORIZED MORE THAN ONE POLITICAL COMMITTEE  FOR  ANY  ONE
   16  ELECTION  SHALL, NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER SAID DATE, DISAVOW ALL
   17  BUT ONE OF SUCH COMMITTEES, IN WRITING, TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
   18  THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN  EXPLORATORY
   19  COMMITTEE BY AN ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL. A MULTI-CANDIDATE COMMITTEE MAY
   20  NOT BE AN AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE.
   21    3.  CAMPAIGN  FUNDS  REMAINING  IN  ANY  DISAVOWED  COMMITTEE SHALL BE
   22  DISPOSED OF PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.
   23    S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
   24  have  become a law; provided, however, that the state board of elections
   25  shall notify all candidates and political committees of  the  applicable
   26  provisions  of  this  act  within  thirty days after this act shall have
   27  become a law.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD03446-01-5
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