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Court strikes down ban on outside income for state legislators

Jun 08, 2019 12:55 am
David Lombardo reports in the Albany Times Union that State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba ruled June 7 that a special compensation commission exceeded its authority by putting limits on outside income of state legislators. Lawmakers will get to keep the raises the same commission authorized. Neither side in the lawsuit was particularly happy. Cameron MacDonald, the attorney representing the four New Yorkers challenging the work of the commission, wanted the raises removed too. "We continue to believe none of (these powers) should have been delegated to the commission," MacDonald said. A spokesperson for state Attorney General Letitia James, whose office defended the regulations, said its lawyers were "in the process of reviewing the decision and considering next steps." Legislators got their pay increased from $79,500 to $110,000 this year, the first increase in two decades. Read more about this story in the Albany Times Union.