NY: New Ethics Law Disenfranchises Independents, Third Party Supporters

From the Wall Street Journal:

The new ethics law being touted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo parcels equal roles to Democrats and Republicans in investigating lawmakers of both parties suspected of questionable conduct. What about independents?

“They don’t exist,” Mr. Cuomo said at a recent news conference, at which point he and legislative leaders standing beside him broke into a hearty laugh. But constitutional scholars aren’t taking the matter so lightly.

They’re warning that the state’s new ethics body may be destined for legal challenges in federal court. By enshrining into law the perpetual dominance of Republicans and Democrats in overseeing ethics codes, Mr. Cuomo and lawmakers could be infringing on the rights of unaffiliated and minor-party citizens . . .

For more on the new law, see Poli-Tea.

2 thoughts on “NY: New Ethics Law Disenfranchises Independents, Third Party Supporters

  1. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement



    Catholic official who oversees sex abuse complaints against priests in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, has himself been accused of past sexual improprieties.

    A Kansas City man wrote the bishop of the diocese four years ago, alleging sexual harassment in 1984 by the Rev. Robert Murphy, a priest who is now vicar general.

    Brian Heydon, a licensed professional counselor, said Murphy exposed himself and propositioned him as a young man during a meeting at St. Catherine’s rectory, where Murphy then lived.

    The diocese has said Heydon’s claims are unfounded.

    Murphy, now a monsignor, has recently come under fire for the way he handled the case of a priest charged last month with possessing child pornography.

    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/08/2937490/diocese-official-who-oversees.html#ixzz1OoVoGHaJ

  2. Richard Winger

    I haven’t seen this proposed law, but I read that it seems to use the same formula that is used for the Federal Election Commission. The president must appoint 3 commissioners who aren’t members of his or her party. The law doesn’t say the FEC must be composed just of Democrats or Republicans. I think the New York proposal is the same. The US Supreme Court already upheld the law that determines who gets on the FEC.

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