HB18-1047

HB18-1047 - Fair Campaign Practices Act Technical Changes

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Concerning technical modifications to the 'Fair Campaign Practices Act' to facilitate its administration.

The bill makes technical modifications to the 'Fair Campaign Practices Act' (FCPA) to facilitate its administration. Specifically:

  • Sections 1, 3, and 7 of the bill modify various existing statutory provisions to reflect distinctions among different types of committees or other entities.
  • Sections 2 and 3 eliminate unnecessary, overly burdensome, and potentially unconstitutional double reporting of certain campaign contributions.
  • Sections 3 and 4 clean up and correct errors that resulted from campaign finance legislation adopted during the 2016 regular session.
  • Section 4 also removes certain paper-filing provisions that are rendered obsolete by electronic filing. Further, section 4 permits the secretary of state to give notice of certain campaign finance reporting deficiencies by regular mail if an e-mail address is not known.
  • Sections 5 and 6 clarify procedures to be followed in connection with a person's failure to file a candidate affidavit or disclosure statement and the investigation of campaign finance violations. Section 6 also allows the parties in a campaign finance enforcement action in which attorney fees and costs have been awarded to apply to the district court to convert an award of fees and costs into a district court judgment.
  • Section 8 allows the secretary of state discretion in deciding whether to forward to the state controller the collections of past-due debts resulting from campaign finance violations.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Latest update: January 10, 2018
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs