HB 939 (BR 2635) - B. Heleringer
AN ACT relating to campaign finance.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to the state the desire of the General Assembly to automate the filing of campaign finance information and further disclose that information to the public; amend KRS 121.015 to provide definitions for "electronic reporting", "security procedure", "electronic signature", "filer", and "filer-side software"; amend KRS 121.120 to require the Registry of Election Finance to develop and acquire a system for electronic reporting, accept test files from software vendors and persons wishing to file electronic reports to determine whether the file format meets the standards and is compatible with the system by the registry, make paper and electronic reports available over the Internet free of charge, make information available within ten business days, establish a training program, and maintain all campaign finance data for all candidates on-line for twenty years after the report is filed; allow the registry to develop and acquire a computing system providing on-line Internet submission of the reports which utilize the security procedures and provide procedures for verifying electronic signatures placed on the reports; amend KRS 121.150 to require that the reports to the registry use only forms provided by or a format approved by the registry; amend KRS 121.180 to require that the expenditure reports submitted to the registry be on the forms provided by or a format approved by the registry; define "election cycle" as applied to contributions, expenditures, or loans to support or oppose a candidate or a constitutional amendment; require that beginning January 1, 2002 all candidates for statewide office, the General Assembly, and campaign committees, political issues committees, permanent committees, registered fundraisers, contributing organizations, and individuals and entities making independent expenditures do so electronically; allow the registry to grant a one-time exemption to individuals for noncompliance with the electronic filing requirements; allow campaign finance reports in paper format be allowed until the registry deems it to be no longer necessary; allow filer not required to file electronic reports to do so on a voluntary basis; provide that the filing date of the electronic report shall be determined to be filed upon its receipt by the registry; require all electronic filers to affirm, under penalty of perjury, that the reports are complete and accurate; state that filers submitting disks which the registry cannot read, copy, or are not accompanied by a paper copy shall be determined to be in noncompliance with the filing requirements established by this Act.
HB 939 - AMENDMENTS
HCA (1, A. Arnold) - Amend to make the development of a system of electronic campaign finance reporting by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance conditional upon availability of appropriate funding.
HFA (1, B. Heleringer) - Amend to make development of a system of electronic campaign finance reporting by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance conditional upon adequate and appropriate agency funding; amend to condition implementation of mandatory electronic reporting for candidates on adequate and appropriate agency funding.
SCS - Retain original provisions of the legislation but make the filing of campaign finance reports by electronic means permissive rather than mandatory.
Feb 29-introduced in House
Mar 1-to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
Mar 10-posted in committee
Mar 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1)
Mar 14-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Mar 15-3rd reading, passed 91-0 with committee amendment (1), floor amendment (1)
Mar 16-received in Senate
Mar 21-to State and Local Government (S)
Mar 22-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Mar 23-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 27-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 27, 2000; 3rd reading, passed 37-0 with Committee Substitute ; received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute
Mar 28-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute ; passed 95-0
Mar 29-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
Apr 10-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 398)