- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers have passed new ethics rules requiring them to disclose more about money they make from outside jobs.

The Senate and Assembly endorsed the measure Tuesday as part of a $142 billion budget.

The changes will require lawmakers to report sources of income over $1,000. Lawyers in the Legislature will have to identify clients who paid them $5,000 or more.

Exceptions will be made for some types of law. Lawmakers can also seek to redact the names of clients not connected to state government.

Good-government groups wanted more aggressive reforms, but supporters including Gov. Andrew Cuomo say the new rules will boost transparency and accountability.

The changes come after the arrest of ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is fighting charges that he accepted nearly $4 million in payoffs.

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