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Bill Detail: HB24-1283

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Title Secretary of State Review of Municipal Campaign Finance Complaints
Status House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/11/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors J. Willford (D)
J. Marvin (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Mullica (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/13/2024
Summary

If a person wants to file a complaint for a campaign finance
violation (complaint) and the complaint arises out of a municipal
campaign finance matter, current law requires the complaint to be filed
with the clerk of the applicable municipality (clerk) rather than with the
secretary of state (secretary). The bill allows a clerk to refer a complaint
that arises out of a municipal campaign finance matter to the secretary if
the municipality in which the complaint was filed:
  • Does not have a campaign finance complaint ordinance and
hearing process in place; or
  • Does have a campaign finance complaint ordinance and
hearing process in place but the clerk determines that the
clerk's review of the complaint would create a conflict of
interest for the clerk or the clerk's staff.
Before referring a complaint to the secretary, a clerk is required to
review the complaint to determine if it was filed in writing, signed by the
complainant, and identifies one or more respondents. If the complaint
does not satisfy these 3 criteria, the clerk is required to dismiss it, and if
it does, the clerk is required to refer it to the secretary. The secretary is
required to treat a complaint referred by a clerk in the same manner as any
other complaint filed with the secretary.
A clerk is required to provide notice to a person who files a
complaint if the clerk dismisses the complaint or refers the complaint to
the secretary.

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