Lawmakers in New York unveiled new measures Tuesday intended to address chronic corruption problems in a state where 30 lawmakers have left office facing criminal or ethical allegations since 2000.
A proposed state constitutional amendment suggested by Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat in Manhattan, would create a new independent ethics commission to investigate wrongdoing by public officials. Five of the nine seats on the commission would be appointed by the state’s top judges, with the other four picked by legislative leaders, the governor, comptroller and attorney general.
The new commission would replace two current ethics panels that are effectively controlled by the governor and top lawmakers, giving them the ability to shut down investigations. The new commission would also have greater authority to sanction public employees.
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