Facing criticism from certain corners of the advocacy and good-government worlds for his preference to negotiate in private before putting out legislation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced three bills in the past two weeks, ranging from legislation that lays out a $1.5 billion solar-energy program to tougher bribery laws for public officials.
That’s two more than he had introduced over the first three months of the year, when he introduced one piece of legislation—the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
Cuomo’s office introduced two bills in the last two days. Late Monday, Cuomo unveiled the “Public Trust Act,” which, among other things, creates a new class of crimes for corrupting the government and a misdemeanor charge for public officials who don’t report a bribery or corruption attempt. He first outlined the ideas earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Cuomo proposed the election law changes he outlined in mid-April. Among the changes are the creation of a new election law czar—which he would appoint—in the state Board of Elections, who would have subpoena powers and the ability to recommend charges for election law violations. It would also repeal the Wilson Pakula law, which requires the permission of party bosses to offer a ballot line to someone not registerred with the party.
The election law bill is below: