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GOP Lawmaker: New York Lawmakers Must Act on Ethics

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GOP Lawmaker: New York Lawmakers Must Act on Ethics  (photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia) 

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The leader of the Republican minority in New York's state Assembly says legislators must pass ethics reforms before adjourning next month. 

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said Friday that recent corruption scandals have disrupted legislative work and damaged the public's trust in government. 

Kolb wants lawmakers to OK a Constitutional Amendment that, if passed by the voters, would strip pensions from convicted public officials. 

Kolb also wants to see eight-year terms for legislative leadership positions. 

Two top lawmakers have been arrested this year on corruption charges. Former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is accused of taking on nearly $4 million in bribes and payoffs. Ex-Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos is charged with extorting payments to his son from two businesses. 

Both men say they are innocent.