From the Morning Memo:

The Democratic-led state Senate today will take up a bill meant to restrict campaign contributions from companies seeking state contracts.

The bill would restrict donations from prospective state vendors when responding to requests for proposals and to six months after winning a state contract. It would also bar donations from those lobbying to create a “procurement opportunity.”

Penalties of up to $10,000 or 200 percent of the contributions value would be assessed if the measure becomes law.

The bill would be a significant piece of contracting reform for the state and was proposed in the wake of the arrest of upstate developers who had been accused of being part of a bid rigging scheme as part of the Buffalo Billion economic development project.

The developers were donors to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign, though the contributions themselves were not at issue during the trial.

Cuomo proposed a similar ban on contributions from vendors and prospective contractors in his budget plan released in January.

Cuomo earlier this year proposed a ban on corporate contributions, lowered contribution limits and contracting reform that restores the comptroller’s authority to review contracts worth more than $250,000.

At the same time, Cuomo announced during his State of the State address the state would require new legal certifications for contracts.

“Any state agency that is assuring or issuing a grant has to certify that there was no occlusion, there was no political interference,” he said.

The bill being considered today by the state Senate has the backing of good-government groups, including Reinvent Albany.

“The recent trial related to the Buffalo Billion projects resulted in convictions of corporate executives, campaign contributors and senior executive officials who conspired to rig the bids for the state’s largest economic development projects, and revealed the need for reforms to the state’s contracting process,” the group wrote in a memorandum of support.