SB 8/LM/CI (BR 289) - D. Thayer
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committees, referendum committees, and political issues committees are bound to the terms of the exemption unless is it rescinded timely; establish penalties and fines for candidates, slates of candidates, referendum committees, candidate campaign committees, or political issues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 8 - AMENDMENTS
SCS/LM/CI - Retain original provisions, amend to increase the time frame for the retirement of campaign debt from 180 days to 365 days, amend to delete the establishment of referendum committees.
SFA (1, D. Thayer) - Retain original provisions but amend various statutes in KRS Chapter 121 to restore the definition of "political issue committees" and to define "referendum committee".
HFA (1, M. Marzian) - Amend to limit to $2,500 the amount that may be contributed to an executive committee for a building account; prohibit those who contribute $2,500 to an executive committee for a building account from eligibility for any no-bid contract issued by the Commonwealth for the four years immediately following the date of the contribution.
HFA (2, M. Cherry) - Amend to increase the mandatory electronic filing threshold from $25,000 to $50,000.
HFA (3, 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 (4, 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 (5/Title, D. Osborne) - Make title amendment and declare an EMERGENCY.
HFA (6, S. Rudy) - Amend to create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to allow a county executive committee to be exempt from filing any finance reports by filing a form if the committee agrees not to accept or expend more than $1,000 in any one election; amend to conform section numbers and internal references.
HFA (7, R. Wilkey) - Amend to require those running for statewide office and candidate campaign committees supporting those running for statewide office to file campaign reports electronically if during the election, contributions or loans in the aggregate of $5,000 or more are received or at any time, a balance in a campaign account or accounts in the aggregate is $5,000.
HFA (8, R. Wilkey) - Amend to require that contributing organizations report independent expenditures.
HFA (9/P, T. Pullin) - Delete original provisions of the bill; attach the provisions of HB 514/GA.
HFA (10/Title, T. Pullin) - Make title amendment.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
Oct 3-To: Interim Joint Committee on State Government
Jan 8-introduced in Senate; to State & Local Government (S)
Feb 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 14-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Feb 15-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Feb 19-3rd reading, passed 36-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
Feb 20-received in House
Feb 25-to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
Mar 6-posted in committee
Mar 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
Mar 19-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 20-floor amendment (2) filed
Mar 21-floor amendments (3) (4) and (5-title) filed
Mar 24-floor amendment (6) filed
Mar 25-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Mar 27-floor amendment (7) filed
Apr 14-floor amendment (8) filed
Apr 15-floor amendments (9) and (10-title) filed