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Capitol Watch: Will lawmakers vote to limit outside income?

In New York state government news, a plan to sharply limit how much money state lawmakers can make from side jobs could be heading to the Legislature for a vote after all.

Posted: Dec. 16, 2018 7:04 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In New York state government news, a plan to sharply limit how much money state lawmakers can make from side jobs could be heading to the Legislature for a vote after all.

A state pay commission recently approved the restriction on legislative moonlighting as part of a plan to raise lawmakers' salaries for the first time in 20 years.

But with questions about whether the commission had the constitutional authority to approve the restrictions, even supporters say a lawsuit is likely. Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others say the Legislature should pass the measure to ensure it withstands any challenge.

Legislative side-jobs have long been considered potential conduits for bribes and a big factor in government corruption. The restrictions would cap outside income at 15 percent of lawmakers' total salary.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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