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Assembly Passes Election Tampering Legislation

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Lawmakers in the New York State are taking steps to stop Russian meddling in state elections. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, a co-sponsor of The Democracy Protection Act, says the bill will provide more transparency to voters and address the "fake news" issue.

The bill passed to stop election tampering would mean political ads in New York, including ads on Facebook and other social media sites, have to disclose who paid for them. The democrat-led assembly passed the legislation Wednesday amidst an investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. The republican-led senate is still weighing the legislation.

"I can not imagine that they're not going to want to address the fake news issue that concerns so many people so I'm hoping that perhaps once we get past the budget when they have more time to examine this, they'll take it up and pass it too," says Lupardo.

The legislation would cover ads bought in New York for social media, as well as any bought out of state, but addressing New York campaigns.