Election law reform

Senator Friedman has sponsored the following bills relative to election law reform in the 2019-2020 legislative session:

S404 An Act promoting political participation

  • Summary: This bill would remove barriers to political contributions by low-wage workers through a system of universal voluntary payroll deduction. It would further enable employees, even if they do not have a bank account, to make regular small voluntary contributions via payroll deductions to 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organizations and Political Action Committees (PACs).

S1849 An Act requiring public disclosure of certain gifts

  • Summary: This bill would create a new disclosure requirement for all state public employees who hold a major policy-making position, all state public office holders and all candidates for state public office. They would be required to report any gift of substantial value that they (or an immediate family member(s)) have given in connection with a matter within their official responsibilities. It would also prohibit any officer or employee of a state, county, or municipal agency from giving the appearance of undue influence or favoritism by contributing an undisclosed gift of substantial value in connection with a matter within the officer or employee’s official responsibilities.