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A04847 Summary:

BILL NOA04847A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07362-A
 
SPONSORAbinanti
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §73-a, Pub Off L
 
Requires certain individuals to file financial disclosure forms.
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A04847 Actions:

BILL NOA04847A
 
02/08/2021referred to governmental operations
01/05/2022referred to governmental operations
04/28/2022amend and recommit to governmental operations
04/28/2022print number 4847a
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A04847 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4847A
 
SPONSOR: Abinanti
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to requiring certain individuals to file financial disclosure forms   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase transparency of the Regional Economic Development Councils that provide advice or recommendations to a state officer, agency, authority or public benefit corporation on the allocation or disburse- ment of state or federal moneys and ensure, that Members of such coun- cils do not have conflicts of interest related to such advice.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends the opening paragraph of public officers law § 73-a (2)(a), as amended by section 5 of part A of chapter 399 of the laws of 2011, to require any member of a regional economic develop- ment council (even if such member is a volunteer) to file an annual statement of financial disclosure containing the information and, in the form, set forth in subdivision three of Public Officers Law Section 73. Section 2 amends the opening paragraph of public officers law § 73-a (2)(a), as amended by section 7 of part QQ of chapter 56 of the laws of 2022, to require any member of a regional economic development council (even if such member is a volunteer) to file an annual statement of financial disclosure containing the information and, in the form, set forth in subdivision three of Public Officers Law Section 73. Section 3 is the effective date.   DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION: Language updated to match changes made in the budget to JCOPE.   JUSTIFICATION: Public Officers Law §§ 73-a and 74 govern financial disclosure and conflict of interest rules for various state officers and employees. Currently, Regional Economic Councils (REDCs) are not covered by these laws yet they have significant input into the distribution of billions of dollars of state funds. For example, on December 11, 2014, it was announced that $709.2 Million dollars had been awarded through Round IV of the REDCs initiative. In addition, ensuing budgets including the 2015-16 and 2017-18 State budg- ets allocated billions of dollars of additional funds that the REDCs have provided input on. Despite having influence over billions of dollars of state moneys, members of the REDCs do not file any financial disclosure statements nor are they governed by the conflict-of-interest provisions in the Public Officers Law. This bill will provide much needed increased transparency of the REDCs by ensuring its members do not have conflicts of interest and file financial disclosure statements as required by other state officers and employees.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A1610 referred to governmental operations; 2017-18: A2206 referred to governmental operations; 2015-16: A7173 referred to govern- mental operations   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of June succeeding the date on which it shall have become law; provided, that the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect date and in the same manner as part QQ of chapter 56 of the laws of 2022, takes effect.
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A04847 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         4847--A
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 8, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee  on  Governmental  Operations  --  recommitted to the Committee on
          Governmental Operations in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2  --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the  public  officers  law,  in  relation  to  requiring
          certain individuals to file financial disclosure forms
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The opening paragraph of paragraph (a) of subdivision 2  of
     2  section 73-a of the public officers law, as amended by section 5 of part
     3  A of chapter 399 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
     4    Every statewide elected official, state officer or employee, member of
     5  the  legislature,  legislative  employee  and  political  party chairman
     6  [and], every candidate for statewide elected office or for member of the
     7  legislature, and any member of a regional economic  development  council
     8  (even  if  such member is a volunteer) shall file an annual statement of
     9  financial disclosure containing the information  and  in  the  form  set
    10  forth  in  subdivision three of this section. On or before the fifteenth
    11  day of May with respect to the preceding calendar year: (1) every member
    12  of the legislature, every candidate for member of  the  legislature  and
    13  legislative  employee  shall  file  such  statement with the legislative
    14  ethics commission which shall provide  such  statement  along  with  any
    15  requests  for  exemptions or deletions to the joint commission on public
    16  ethics for  filing  and  rulings  with  respect  to  such  requests  for
    17  exemptions or deletions, on or before the thirtieth day of June; and (2)
    18  all other individuals required to file such statement shall file it with
    19  the joint commission on public ethics, except that:
    20    §  2.  The  opening  paragraph  of  paragraph  (a) of subdivision 2 of
    21  section 73-a of the public officers law, as amended by section 7 of part
    22  QQ of chapter 56 of the laws of 2022, is amended to read as follows:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00907-03-2

        A. 4847--A                          2
 
     1    Every statewide elected official, state officer or employee, member of
     2  the legislature, legislative employee and political party  chair  [and],
     3  every candidate for statewide elected office or for member of the legis-
     4  lature,  and any member of a regional economic development council (even
     5  if  such member is a volunteer) shall file an annual statement of finan-
     6  cial disclosure containing the information and in the form set forth  in
     7  subdivision three of this section. On or before the fifteenth day of May
     8  with  respect  to  the  preceding calendar year: (1) every member of the
     9  legislature, every candidate for member of the legislature and  legisla-
    10  tive  employee  shall  file  such  statement with the legislative ethics
    11  commission which shall provide such statement along  with  any  requests
    12  for  exemptions or deletions to the commission on ethics and lobbying in
    13  government for filing and rulings with  respect  to  such  requests  for
    14  exemptions or deletions, on or before the thirtieth day of June; and (2)
    15  all other individuals required to file such statement shall file it with
    16  the commission on ethics and lobbying in government, except that:
    17    §  3.  This act shall take effect on the first of June next succeeding
    18  the date on which it shall have become a law;  provided,  however,  that
    19  the  provisions of section two of this act shall take effect on the same
    20  date and in the same manner as part QQ of chapter  56  of  the  laws  of
    21  2022, takes effect.
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