April 12, 2022 •
New York Budget Bill Reforms Ethics Agency
Assembly Bill 09006C was signed by New York Gov. Hochul and replaces the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) with a new Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government effective July 8.
The substantive law enforced by the ethics body was not altered, and all lobbyist reporting and disclosure requirements will remain the same.
The agency’s overhaul is designed to increase greater transparency.
While members of the ethics agency will still be appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, deans at the state’s law schools will comprise an independent review committee charged with approving appointees to the new commission.
Individuals who were registered as lobbyists in the previous two years are prohibited from serving on the commission.
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