First Ever Interactive Ethics Reform Forum
Senator Squadron and Senate Democrats to HoldPublic Forum on Ethics Reform
Use Senate Rule VII to Force First Public Forum on Ethics Reform in Almost Two Years(Albany, NY)
Answering the public’s call for immediate action on ethics reform, Senator DanielSquadron, joined by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will hold the first publicforum on ethics reform in nearly two years on Wednesday, May 4
.Despite overwhelming public support, Senate Republicans have refused to act on petitionssubmitted by Senate Democrats two weeks ago seeking to force public hearings on key ethicslegislation. To break the Albany logjam, Senate Democrats will act on their own, employingSenate Rule VII to convene a public forum on legislation under the jurisdiction of theInvestigations and Government Operations Committee including:

Establishing an independent commission on governmental ethics (S31/Squadron); and

Increasing financial and client disclosure requirements (S382/Rivera).Additionally, Senate Democrats intend for the public forum to include discussion of proposedlegislation on:

Stripping elected officials convicted of misusing office of pensions (S2333/Krueger);

Restricting the personal use of campaign funds (S3053/Krueger); and

Eliminating Pay-to-Play (S1565/Addabbo). Under Senate Rule VII Section 4(b), “any Senator may convene a public forum on proposed or pending legislation within the jurisdiction of a committee upon which he or she is a member.” State Senator Daniel Squadron said, "For Albany to do the people's business, we must change theway Albany does business. Halfway through the legislative session, we have yet to see anyaction on the fundamental reforms that almost every Senator has pledged to support. This Forumwill offer an important public hearing on critical ethics reform. Passage of a real ethics packagewill lend much-needed transparency and accountability to our state government, helping restore New Yorkers' trust and allowing us all to better tackle the dire challenges facing our state."

Senator Daniel SquadronSenator Liz Krueger Senator Gustavo RiveraSenator Joe AddabboSenator Tony AvellaSenator Neil BreslinMembers of the Senate Democratic Conference
Brennan Center for JusticeCitizens UnionCitizen Action of New York Common Cause NYLeague of Women Voters of New York NYPIRG
Wednesday, May 4th 12 PM (or immediately following the conclusion of session)
Hearing Room A in the LOB
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