March 13, 2020 •
New York Judge Strikes Down Campaign Finance Reform Commission Recommendations
On March 12, Niagara County Supreme Court Judge Boniello struck down changes to the state’s election laws recommended by the Campaign Finance Reform Commission.
The commission’s recommendations included the creation of a voluntary public campaign finance system.
Additionally, it recommended setting new contribution limits to candidates for state public office.
The court found the Legislature improperly delegated legislative action powers to the commission, which is a function reserved solely to the Legislature under the state’s constitution.
The court noted the recommendations of the commission did not follow proper procedure as mandated by the constitution.
Historically, this is followed by lawmakers when it became law without further action by the Legislature.
After the ruling, lawmakers may accept and pass the commission’s recommendations into law by statute.
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