Following the sentencing of two former legislative leaders to 17 combined years in prison on corruption charges and just days before disgraced former Sen. John Sampson faces a similar fate, Assemblymen Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) and Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) are pushing one of the most exhaustive ethics overhauls in legislative history. The bill currently awaits action in the Assembly’s Election Law Committee.
Ethics Reforms included in the bill (A.10079-a)
- From the time an individual, business, corporation submits an RFP (Request for Proposal) to New York State, and if that entity is awarded the contract, then 1 year from when awarded, that entity is banned from donating to a state official, political committee or independent expenditure group. ADDITIONALLY, when the applicant entity submits an RFP, the applicant must notify who they have made contributions to and then the recipient must refund the entire contribution(s) made within the previous 365 days (one-year lookback provision)
- Limits legislative leaders to 8 year term limits
- Move the contribution limit from $100,000 to $10,000 max that can be donated to a state, county, local political committee or an individual. This includes individuals, corporations, unions, lobby groups, businesses
“We are in the midst of the most devastating string of corruption cases in state history, and Assembly leadership continues to protect the pensions of corrupt lawmakers and perpetuate the culture of campaign donations for favoritism that is tearing down Albany,” McLaughlin said. “This is exactly why apathy about politics is becoming rampant in society. Cases like Silver and Skelos make us all look like crooks, and abuse of power will continue until we do something to prove we are serious about ending corruption. The ball is in the Democrats’ court now, as it has been for months. Our bill is in committee ready to be sent to the floor for a vote and I am hopeful that doing the right thing will outweigh the self-preservation that far too often protects corrupt politicians. Drain the swamp.”
Stec has been Albany’s most vocal proponent of stripping corrupt lawmakers of their taxpayer-funded pensions since he was elected to the Assembly and is now pushing this legislation to remove dirty money from the Capitol.
“The overall issue is the lack of trust in state government,” said Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury). “People are more focused on Albany’s corruption than jobs, economy, affordable housing and taxation. Nobody should be using their public position for their own private gain, which is why ethics reform has been my top priority since I took office.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website