07RS SB159

SB159

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SB 159/LM (BR 191) - D. Thayer, D. Seum, J. Turner

     AN ACT relating to the regulation of campaigns and elections.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 121 to define terms; require a person making an independent expenditure to report it if the amount exceeds $500 in the aggregate in any one election; establish campaign contribution limits for candidates, slates of candidates, and candidate campaign committees; establish campaign contribution limits for caucus campaign committees, political issues committees, permanent committees, and executive committees; permit the establishment of a building account; establish campaign contribution limits for inaugural committees; establish campaign contribution limits for individuals; permit candidates, slates of candidates, committees, referendum committees, and individuals to utilize on-line credit and debit card transactions; provide for reporting exemptions for any candidate, slate, or political issues committee if a form is filed stating that contributions will not be accepted or expended in excess of $5,000 in any one election; require that referendum committees register with the registry and report all contributions and expenditures if the committee raises or expends $5,000 or more to get the question on the ballot in an area greater than one county, or $2,500 or more to get a question on a ballot in an area in size equal to or less than one county; require exempted candidates for city or county offices or for school boards to file reports if they accept contributions or make expenditures in excess of the exempted amount in any one election; require candidates or slates of candidates subject to an August filing deadline to timely file for an exemption and permit such candidates or slates to exercise recission rights; permit the exercise of recission rights by a candidate or slate of candidates if an opponent is replaced due to death, disability, or disqualification not later than 15 days after the party nominates the replacement; permit write-in candidates to request an exemption; establish that exempted candidate campaign committees, referendum committees, and political issues committees are bound to the terms of the exemption unless is it rescinded timely; establish penalties and fines for candidates, slates of candidates, referendum committees, candidate campaign committees, or political issues committees who accept contributions or make expenditures in excess of the limit in any one election without rescinding the exemption in a timely manner; require state and county executive committees and caucus campaign committees to make a full report to the registry of all money, loans, and expenditures made since the date of the last report; establish reporting requirements of candidates, slates of candidates, candidate campaign committees, referendum committees, political issues committees, and registered fundraisers; require all reporting candidates, candidate campaign committees, referendum committees, political issues committees, and registered fundraisers to make post-election reports; require that detailed information be maintained by the treasurer for six years from the date of the election to which the records pertain, but not to exceed six years; require certain permanent committees to make a full specified report to the registry of all money, loans, and expenditures since the date of the last report; require a supplemental report be filed annually until an account shows no unexpended balance; require that all reports filed with the registry be subject to open records and to require county clerks to maintain such reports for one year from the date the last report is required to be filed; relieve candidates and slates from personally filing reports under certain conditions; prohibit the use of funds for candidacy for a different office, to support or oppose different issue, or to further the candidacy of another candidate or slate of candidates for office; require all media offering communications or advertising services to file with the registry and to make specific disclosures; abolish the requirement that a paper format report be filed if an electronic report is filed; require the registry to promulgate administrative regulations to establish a de minimus standard; amend KRS 121.120 to except those candidates, candidate campaign committees, and slates of candidates running for statewide office from mandatory audits of receipts and expenditures that receive or spend less than $5,000; amend KRS 121.135 to authorize the general counsel to the registry to write an advisory opinion and to require advisory opinions to be issued not later than 20 days from the date the registry receives the request; amend KRS 121.140 to define "frivolous complaint" and to authorize the registry to impose a civil penalty for the filing of frivolous complaints; amend KRS 121.220 to require segregation of primary election funds from regular election funds through bookkeeping; amend KRS 121.230 to lower the threshold for itemization of expenditures by check from $50 to $25; amend KRS 121.210, 121.190, 121.056, 121.990, 61.710, and 23A.070 to conform; repeal KRS 121.015, 121.150 and 121.180; effective November 7, 2007.

SB 159 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS/LM - Make technical corrections.

     HFA (1, J. Fischer) - Limit requirement of electronic filing by candidates to funds raised in current campaign, not aggregate funds in a candidate's account; provide that 10-day deadline for depositing campaign contributions excludes holidays and weekends; provide that candidates required to file campaign finance reports electronically with the Registry do not have to provide a paper copy to the county clerk.

     HFA (2, J. Gray) - Remove the requirement that a filer must file an additional 60-day report prior to a regular election.

     HFA (3, J. Gray) - Remove the requirement that a contribution be deposited within 10 days of receipt by a candidate or a candidate's campaign.

     HFA (4, J. Gray) - Remove requirement that candidates, slates of candidates, and candidate campaign committees must file campaign reports electronically if more than $25,000 is raised or accrues in a campaign account.

     HFA (5, J. Gray) - Remove requirement that candidates, slates of candidates, and candidate campaign committees must file campaign reports electronically if more than $25,000 is raised or accrues in a campaign account; remove the requirement that a filer must file an additional 60-day report prior to a regular election; remove the requirement that a contribution be deposited within 10 days of receipt by a candidate or candidate's campaign.

     HFA (6, J. Fischer) - Limit requirement of electronic filing by candidates to funds raised in current campaign, not aggregate funds in a candidate's account; provide that 10-day deadline for depositing campaign contributions excludes holidays and weekends; provide that candidates required to file campaign finance reports electronically with the Registry do not have to provide a paper copy to the county clerk.

     HFA (7, D. Osborne) - Amend KRS 6.811 to prohibit legislative agents from making campaign contributions to any candidate or slate of candidates running for statewide office; declare an EMERGENCY.

     HFA (8, D. Osborne) - Amend KRS 6.811(6) to permit legislative agents to make campaign contributions to a legislator, a candidate, or his or her campaign committee if the legislator or candidate is running for statewide office; declare an EMERGENCY.

     HFA (9/Title, D. Osborne) - Make title amendment; declare an EMERGENCY.

     HFA (10, D. Owens) - Amend KRS 118.215 to provide that during a presidential election year, the Secretary of State shall certify the nominations no later than the Monday after the Friday following the first Tuesday in September; amend KRS 118.365 to conform.

     HFA (11, T. Riner) - Amend to decrease the amount that a permanent committee may contribute to a candidate, slate of candidates, or candidate campaign committee from $1,000 to $500.

     HFA (12, T. Riner) - Amend to decrease the amount that a person, permanent committee, or contributing organization may contribute to a candidate, slate of candidates, or candidate campaign committee from $1,000 to $500.

     HFA (13, T. Riner) - Decrease the amount that a person may contribute to a permanent committee from $1,500 to $750, to a state executive committee, to a subdivision and affiliate of a state executive committee, and to a caucus campaign committee from $2,500 to $1,250.

     HFA (14, T. Riner) - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to prohibit members of the General Assembly from soliciting or accepting contributions, or a promise or pledge to make a contribution, from an individual or permanent committee, or from participating in a campaign caucus committee fundraiser, during any legislative session.

     HFA (15, T. Riner) - Amend to decrease the amount that a person, permanent committee, or contributing organization may contribute to a candidate, slate of candidates, or candidate campaign committee from $1,000 to $950.

     HFA (16, T. Riner) - Amend to decrease the amount that a person, permanent committee, or contributing organization may donate to a candidate, slate of candidates, or candidate campaign committee from $1,000 to $950; amend to decrease the amount that a person may donate to a state executive committee, to a subdivision or affiliate of a state executive committee, or to a caucus campaign committee from $1,000 to $950.

     HFA (17, T. Riner) - Amend KRS 121.990 to provide a fine of up to $1,000 per offense for violation; create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to prohibit members of the General Assembly from soliciting or accepting contributions, or a promise or pledge to make a contribution, from an individual or permanent committee and to prohibit members from participating in a campaign caucus committee fundraiser during any legislative session.

     Feb 12-introduced in Senate
     Feb 13-to State & Local Government (S); taken from committee; 1st reading; returned to State & Local Government (S)
     Feb 14-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 15
     Feb 15-3rd reading, passed 35-0
     Feb 16-received in House
     Feb 21-to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
     Feb 22-posted in committee
     Feb 27-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute ; reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 28-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendments (2) (3) (4) (5) and (6) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 6-placed in the Orders of the Day
     Mar 8-floor amendments (7) (8) (10) (11) (12) and (13) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (9-title) filed
     Mar 9-floor amendments (14) (15) and (16) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 12-floor amendment (17) filed to Committee Substitute

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