Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced ethics overhaul legislation that would immediately halt pending investigations and disciplinary proceedings by the state Commission on Public Integrity.
The commission’s oversight of state officials and lobbyists would move to a new joint commission on public ethics within 120 days.
Passage of the measure is expected before the scheduled June 20 end of session.
The bill follows last week’s announcement by Cuomo and legislative leaders of a deal to overhaul ethics enforcement.
The new independent commission would have power to enforce ethics and other laws governing legislators, the executive branch and lobbying.
The bill says the existing commission will continue to accept filings but not investigate, discipline or provide advisory opinions. It would instead deposit all its records with the state inspector general.