The Democratic-led Assembly on Wednesday advanced legislation that would require a new degree of transparency for political ads seen on social media and other digital platforms, a move aimed to enhance disclosure laws in an otherwise opaque, but growing field of director voter influence.

The bill would require online platforms to provide verification that foreign individuals and entities were not purchasing political ads in order to influence voters. The bill is backed by a $7 million funding proposal in the proposed $168 billion budget to improve voter access as well as same-day voter registration.

“Social media and digital advertising have drastically changed how we receive political advertisements today,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “The most recent election brought to our attention a serious need to reevaluate how we safeguard our electoral process to ensure the integrity of our democracy.”

The bill, backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also comes amid growing concerns of undue influence in national politics through Russian-bacekd social media troll operations. The intelligence community has concluded Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through the spread of hoax reporting and phony social media accounts.

On the state level, lawmakers have been the target of astroturf organizations on social media.

Cuomo, in a conference call with Heastie earlier in the morning, said Congress needs to act on the disclosure issues surrounding social media campaigning.

“The Republicans used to believe in state rights,” Cuomo said. “That was their mantra. That was before they took control of the federal government. But if Washington is not going to act, then let the states act. New York State, I’m proposing a bill, the Speaker of the Assembly is going to pass a bill that requires social media companies to disclose who paid for social media advertising just like every other media platform.”

In the call, Cuomo said the onus is on tech companies to curtail the activity.

“Then don’t do advertising in New York, there are other states that are poised to take similar actions, let us make a coalition like we did on guns, and let the internet companies say we’re not going to participate in states like New York and California, etc. and see what that does to their business model,” Cuomo said.