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A05950 Summary:

BILL NOA05950A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07439-A
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §73-a, Pub Off L
 
Relates to posting financial disclosure filings for candidates for statewide office or candidates for a member of the legislature.
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A05950 Actions:

BILL NOA05950A
 
03/02/2021referred to governmental operations
01/05/2022referred to governmental operations
04/29/2022amend and recommit to governmental operations
04/29/2022print number 5950a
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A05950 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5950A
 
SPONSOR: Paulin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to posting finan- cial disclosure filings for candidates for statewide office or candi- dates for a member of the legislature   PURPOSE: This bill requires the website posting of financial disclosure filings for candidates for state elected office who are required to make such filings given that such filings, are already public documents, but unhelpfully are not made easily accessible.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: amends paragraph (k) of subdivision 2 of section 73-a of the public officers law, to require the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to post the financial disclosure filings it receives for candidates for statewide office and candidates to be a member of the State Legislature to its website within five days of receipt. Section 2: sets the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION Language updated to match changes made in the budget. Effective date amended to January 1, 2023   JUSTIFICATION: It is important for voters to know about the conflicts and potential conflicts of interest of candidates running for office. Elected state- wide office holders and members of the Legislature are already required to submit financial disclosure filings as public documents and they are posted publicly on the JCOPE website. However, for candidates for these offices, while they must submit financial disclosures, in order for the public to access them, a member of the public has to file-a Freedom of Information Law request. This bill furthers democratic accountability, and also begins to recog- nize that with the accelerated primary schedule, it is important for public disclosure to occur promptly so that voters can be informed in advance of the elections.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.
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A05950 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         5950--A
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      March 2, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on  Governmental Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Govern-
          mental 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  posting  finan-
          cial  disclosure filings for candidates for statewide office or candi-
          dates for a member of the legislature
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Paragraph  (k)  of  subdivision  2 of section 73-a of the
     2  public officers law, as amended by section 7 of part QQ of chapter 56 of
     3  the laws of 2022, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (k) The commission on ethics and lobbying in government shall post for
     5  at least five years beginning for filings made  on  January  first,  two
     6  thousand  thirteen  the annual statement of financial disclosure and any
     7  amendments filed by each person subject to the reporting requirements of
     8  this subdivision who is an elected  official,  candidate  for  statewide
     9  office  or candidate for a member of the legislature, on its website for
    10  public review within [thirty] five days of its receipt of such statement
    11  or within [ten] five days of its receipt of such amendment that reflects
    12  any corrections of deficiencies identified by the commission or  by  the
    13  reporting  individual  after  the reporting individual's initial filing.
    14  Except upon an individual determination by the commission  that  certain
    15  information  may  be deleted from a reporting individual's annual state-
    16  ment of financial disclosure, none of the information in  the  statement
    17  posted on the commission's website shall be otherwise deleted.
    18    § 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09838-03-2
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