State officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are “actively engaged” in talks over ethics reforms, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said in a statement this morning.

Skelos in the statement said there needs to be “full transparency and strong ethics laws” that will improve public trust in state government that has eroded over the years following a parade of public corruption cases.

Most recently, former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested last month on bribery charges.

“As I have said on many occasions, my Senate Republican colleagues and I are prepared to enact the reforms necessary to restore the public trust for the people of New York,” Skelos said in a statement. “At this time, we are actively engaged in discussions with the Governor to arrive at a comprehensive package of meaningful ethics reforms that will help ensure New Yorkers have full faith and confidence in their government. We need full transparency and strong ethics laws that are modeled off of the best practices of 49 other states. We must do all we can to restore the public’s trust as soon as possible, and we will.”

The statement comes as Cuomo is pushing ethics legislation that includes new transparency requirements for lawmakers’ outside income as well as forcing them to reveal their client lists.

Cuomo is tying the ethics legislation to approval of the state budget, which he indicated could be late if reforms aren’t agreed to by the state Legislature.

As the debate over lawmakers earning outside pay in the private sector continues, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein on Monday said he would divest himself from his law firm.

Senate Democrats on Monday pushed their own ethics legislation, which included new restrictions on outside income as well as closing the so-called LLC loophole in the state’s campaign finance law.

Skelos, a Long Island Republican, is reportedly under investigation himself for his outside income at a law firm where he is of counsel. Skelos has insisted he has not been contacted by federal investigators.