A coalition of good government groups are now out with their own proposed plan for ethics reform.

The group, which includes NYPIRG, Common Cause NY, and Reinvent Albany says the legislature should model their ethics package after what Congress currently has in place. Those reforms, which include outside income restrictions, were set in place following the Nixon adminstration’s Watergate scandal.

“We think New York is in its own Watergate moment right now,” said Blair Horner, Legislative Director of NYPIRG, “and this is the opportunity to actually seize that moment and enact meaningful, strict reforms on outside income and to make sure lawmakers represent only one master: The public they’re elected to serve.”

According to the report, about two-thirds of the Senate and three-fourths of the Assembly already have little to no outside income at all. With their proposal, outside income would be capped at 15 percent of the highest-paid legislator’s salary. Outside investments would be allowed, but would require disclosure.

This isn’t the first proposal that would limit or ban outside income. Senate Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference have already put forth their own plans that would include heavy restrictions.

Those plans have been criticized as unconstitutional, illegal, or just unfair. But Horner says that critcism is unjustified.

“Most of the people that are here now live under a system that’s pretty much like what we’re describing and it’s not filled with millionaires now,” Horner said. “I think in fact the people who make the most money appear to be the people who don’t comply with this system.”

As far as the governor’s ethics plan, the coalition says it doesn’t go far enough.

“While [it] is certainly an improvement over what we have now, we’ve defined the problem differently,” Horner said. “What the governor’s proposing is you can serve two masters as long as you tell the public who they are, our argument is that you should only serve one master and that’s the public itself.”

Cuomo officially tied ethics reform to his spending plan in his 30-day budget amendments Friday. There’s been some concern that coming to an agreement on ethics reform could delay an on-time budget, but Horner says that shouldn’t be the case.

“They should get the budget done on time, they should do ethics reform. End of story. There’s no reason why one should have to hang up the other.”