AssemblyAssembly Democrats on Monday afternoon held preliminary talks on limiting the income lawmakers earn outside of state government, Speaker Carl Heastie confirmed.

“Members are speaking their mind, sharing ideas,” Heastie said. “We’re just beginning the conversation and it’ll continue.”

A limit or outright ban on what lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly earn has often been discussed in the context of increase legislative pay. Lawmakers earn a base salary of $79,500, which has not been increased since 1999.

A commission formed last year composed of gubernatorial and legislative appointees is due to consider a potential pay increase for lawmakers at the end of this year.

Talk of ending the part time nature of the Legislature has increased in recent weeks after the convictions of both former legislative leaders, ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Silver in particular was found guilty of using his official role as the speaker to enrich himself through his private-sector job as an attorney.

In the Republican-led Senate, Majority Leader John Flanagan has indicated he’s opposed to creating a full-time or professional Legislature, insisting that it’s important to draw elected officials from various walks of life.

Flanagan, nevertheless, left his law firm last year before becoming majority leader. Heastie, an accountant by training, does not have outside business interests.

Lawmakers after Silver’s arrest agreed to new disclosure requirements for legislators who have outside legal clients which take effect in 2017.

Heastie on Monday night indicated more Democratic conference members needed to be in on the discussion before a consensus on the issue could be reached.

“We’re always open to discussing things and we only began,” Heastie said. “We want to hear from all the members. We only heard from a small number of the members. I guess after we’re finished discussing this issue, we can probably get some more clarity as to what we may look to do. But it’s really in the opening stages of discussion.”