Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) today announced that he, along with legislative leaders, has reached an agreement with Governor Spitzer to take the long overdue steps toward ethics reform.
The agreement comes three days after the State Legislature passed legislation, co-sponsored by McKevitt, to reform the dysfunctional state budget process.
The bi-partisan agreement includes:
- Consolidating the Temporary State Commission on Lobbying and the State Ethics Commission into one agency empowered to provide oversight and investigate corruption
- Banning gifts of more than nominal value to lawmakers from lobbyists and non-lobbyists
- Creation of a new thirteen-member state Commission on Public Integrity
- Establishment of an anti-nepotism policy for hiring staff
- Closing the “revolving door” loophole by prohibiting legislators and legislative aides from lobbying for two years.
“I am pleased we were able to reach a bi-partisan agreement on these long overdue measures that will help restore accountability and integrity in state government,” McKevitt said. “While these measures will make great changes in Albany, we must do more to restore public confidence in the system.”