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Gov. Cuomo makes last minute push to pass bills before session ends
ALBANY -- With just six legislative session days left, Governor Andrew Cuomo is making a final push to get his agenda passed.
On Tuesday, Cuomo outlined his three pronged attack to restore the public's trust. Cuomo's bills address campaign and ethics reform along with voting reforms.
In his bill to address ethics reform, Cuomo has proposed making just the "intent" to bribe a law. The bill would also make private citizens entangled in corruption held responsible, and make it a crime for public officials to not report an illegal deal if they know it is happening.
The bill would also allow a district attorney to seek restitution up to three times more than the profit a lawmaker earned from an illegal deal.
"This is a powerful proposal, it is long overdue," Cuomo said. "It is needed."
On his campaign finance bill, Governor Cuomo is calling for faster reporting of campaign disclosures along with lowering the contribution limit for all statewide offices.
A sticking point of the bill is a proposal to use taxpayer dollars to fund state wide campaigns. Cuomo is calling for a 6 to 1 match up to $175.
Senate Republican leadership has said they not only can't support that but they will not bring it to the floor for vote.