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Voting Machine Vendors Spend Big Bucks in NY

2005 will be the year the controversial debate over electronic voting machines comes to New York. Under the federal Help America Vote Act, New York has to replace its old lever-action voting machines in time for the 2006 elections. New York is expected to receive $100 million to help buy the new machines. Companies that make them are spending lots of money to get noticed in Albany. According to a report released yesterday by Common Cause New York, voting machine vendors spent more than $850,000 lobbying on bills pending in the state legislature. David Sommerstein spoke with Rachel Leon, Common Cause New York's executive director. She says among the top spenders are nationally-known companies.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Consider Lobby Reform

Proposals to expand the regulation of lobbyists and whether to ban all gifts to state officials were two of several items discussed at a hearing on lobbying reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Court Sides With Hip Hop's Simmons Over Lobby Law

A state Supreme Court judge has struck down part of the state's lobbying law, saying it's unconstitutional. The head of the state's lobbying commission, David Grandeau, says he agrees that the law is flawed, and wants Governor Pataki and the legislature to fix it. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Report: Lobbying in Albany a $100-million Business

Lobbyists once again broke a record for the amount of money spent to lobby the state legislature. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Lobbying Commission Suspends Civil Penalty Cases

A lawsuit brought by the Rap impresario Russell Simmons has temporarily derailed enforcement of New York State's lobbying law. The State Commission on Lobbying has delayed imposing fines on dozens of lobby firms that the commission believes are guilty of breaking the law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

In Albany Everything and Nothing Changes

Lobbyists at the Capitol are approaching their jobs in a new way since September 11, but many advocacy groups have found that the same issues that they were working on before the terrorist attacks still remain. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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