The Public Finance Reform Commission held another public meeting Monday, and the commissioners set out their agenda for the rest of the calendar year. According to section 3, part 6, the Commission will issue it’s final report on Wednesday, November 27th, which is the day before Thanksgiving. ( See below )

Sources say after dominating much of the early conversation, commission members have moved away from discussing what to do with fusion voting. That doesn’t mean it won’t get dropped back in at the 11th hour, it just means there have been fewer emails about it lately, and not much discussion about it Monday.

The commissioners are “trying to create a functioning program,” according to one insider. And in terms of the public finance component, they are looking at a 6 to 1 match, much like you currently have in New York City. In addition, there may be an adjustment based on geography where it’s as high as 8 to 1 or even 12 to 1. The logistics of administering something like that in different parts of the State becomes markedly more complicated, however.

Yesterday, the Commission voted to retain attorney Jim McGuire as a legal adviser. He’s already defending the Commission in the lawsuit filed against it. Both the Conservative and Working Families Parties have challenged the Commission’s authority to end fusion voting.

However, Commission members have now also asked McGuire to look into whether or not they have the legal authority to limit campaign contributions to those who do not participate in public financing. There are some who believe that without lower contribution limits, there is no way to have a system that functions properly. If they cannot lower those contribution limits, some would say the Commission’s report should be a recommendation only, and not binding as is spelled out in the law. The fear is that if contribution limits aren’t lowered for everyone, few will bother to opt in, especially in statewide races.

Here is the Commission’s agenda.