92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB1704
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Short description: 
PUB FINANCING JUD CAMPAIGN                                                 

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates  the  Public  Financing  for  Judicial   Campaigns   Act.      
   Provides  that candidates for the office of Judge of the Supreme Court      
   may apply for a public financing  benefit  in  connection  with  their      
   campaign  for office.  Sets requirements for qualifying for the public      
   financing  benefits.   Limits  the  amount  of  private  contributions      
   qualified candidates may accept.  Provides that  qualified  candidates      
   must  be  distributed  a  line  of credit from moneys in the Democracy      
   Trust Fund to be used for lawful political expenditures.  Provides for      
   the increase of the line of credit if  non-complying  candidates  make      
   certain  expenditures.   Sets  penalties  for  violations  of the Act.      
   Prohibits mass mailings on behalf of  candidates  for  the  office  of      
   Judge  of  the Supreme Court using State moneys during the period from      
   June 1 preceding a general election  until  November  30  following  a      
   general  election.   Contains  other  provisions.    Amends  the State      
   Finance  Act.   Creates   the   Democracy   Trust   Fund.    Effective      
          FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Elections)                               
          It is estimated that approximately $100,000 for new hirees will      
          be needed by the Board to implement HB 1704. Several variables       
          present difficulties in developing a firm assessment of costs.       
          Items such as the number of candidates participating, the num-       
          ber of violations that may occur, and the number of investiga-       
          tions conducted will affect the initial and long-range costs.        
          STATE MANDATES NOTE (Dept. of Commerce & Community Affairs)          
          Affairs (DCCA), HB 1704 does not meet the definition of a            
          State mandate under the State Mandates Act.                          
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   0


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