Brooklyn – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver recently announced new leadership positions in response to several vacancies in the Assembly. Assemblywoman Millman was appointed to be the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Election Law. The Committee is responsible for analyzing all legislation that affects elections on the national, state and local levels, including ballot access, voter registration and enrollment, voter education and outreach, campaign financing and related administrative procedures of the State Board of Elections and local boards of elections. One of the major tasks of the Committee will be to continue to monitor the State’s implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and to promote initiatives designed to encourage greater voter participation and the efficient administration of elections.
“I am excited to be chairing the Election Law committee because there is a lot we can achieve, especially with campaign finance reform and HAVA,” said Millman. “At the same time,” she continued, “I am disappointed to be leaving the Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee. We’ve really been accomplishing some great things.”
Wasting no time in getting to work, Assemblywoman Millman is proud to announce that she is co-chairing a hearing next week with the Committee on Governmental Operations and the Committee on Ethics and Guidance to examine New York's current enforcement and oversight of state officers and employees regarding compliance with the current ethics law. The hearing will also examine new ethics changes and a new Government Ethics Commission proposed by Governor Paterson. This new entity would be independent and have jurisdiction over all of state government, the lobbying industry, and campaign finance laws. It would replace the Commission on Public Integrity and supersede the Legislative Ethics Commission and would be able to impose penalties on violations by state officers of the open meetings laws.
The hearing will be held on June 9, 2009, at 12:00 pm in the Hamilton Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor in Albany. Additional hearings throughout the state will be announced shortly.