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Cuomo, Assembly pressure Senate on ethics

ALBANY (AP) — Lawmakers in New York would have to swipe an electronic card to prove their attendance in Albany in order to claim travel and accommodation reimbursements under an ethics reform proposal crafted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

The measure announced Wednesday would also require lawmakers to disclose all outside income over $1,000 and make lawyers serving in the Legislature identify clients who pay more than $5,000, with exceptions for sensitive cases involving things like child custody disputes.

Finally, the proposal would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign money for personal expenses like house payments or country club memberships.

Opposition from Senate Republicans could sink the plan, however. They were expected to discuss it later Wednesday.

Cuomo says the proposal is an “unprecedented” effort to rein in Albany corruption.