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Amendment

 

January Session, 2017

LCO No. 7889

   
 

*HB0558907889HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. CARNEY, 23rd Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5589

File No. 577

Cal. No. 379

(As Amended)

"AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Subsection (b) of section 9-702 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Any such candidate committee is eligible to receive such grants for a primary campaign, if applicable, and a general election campaign if (1) the candidate certifies as a participating candidate under section 9-703, as amended by this act, (2) the candidate's candidate committee receives the required amount of qualifying contributions under section 9-704, (3) the candidate's candidate committee returns all contributions that do not meet the criteria for qualifying contributions under section 9-704, (4) the candidate agrees to limit the campaign expenditures of the candidate's candidate committee in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, (5) the candidate agrees to limit any contribution by such candidate to a party committee, which contribution is derived from such candidate's personal funds, to two hundred fifty dollars, in the aggregate, and [ (5)] (6) the candidate submits an application and the commission approves the application in accordance with the provisions of section 9-706.

Sec. 502. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 9-703 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Each candidate for nomination or election to the office of state senator or state representative in 2008, or thereafter, or the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer in 2010, or thereafter, shall file an affidavit with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. The affidavit shall include a written certification that the candidate either intends to abide by the expenditure limits under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702, or does not intend to abide by said limits. Such affidavit shall also include a written certification that the candidate either intends to abide by the limit on contributions derived from such candidate's personal funds to a party committee under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (b) of section 9-702, as amended by this act, or does not intend to abide by said limit. If the candidate intends to abide by both of said limits, the affidavit shall also include written certifications (1) that the treasurer of the candidate committee for said candidate shall expend any moneys received from the Citizens' Election Fund in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of section 9-607, as amended by this act, and regulations adopted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission under subsection (e) of section 9-706, (2) that the candidate shall repay to the fund any such moneys that are not expended in accordance with subsection (g) of section 9-607, as amended by this act, and said regulations, (3) that the candidate and the treasurer shall comply with the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 9-711, and (4) stating the candidate's status as a major party, minor party or petitioning party candidate and, in the case of a major party or minor party candidate, the name of such party. The written certification described in subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be made by both the candidate and the treasurer of the candidate committee for said candidate. A candidate for nomination or election to any such office shall file such affidavit not later than four o'clock p. m. on the twenty-fifth day before the day of a primary, if applicable, or on the fortieth day before the day of the election for such office, except that in the case of a special election for the office of state senator or state representative, the candidate shall file such affidavit not later than four o'clock p. m. on the twenty-fifth day before the day of such special election. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, a candidate who is not required to form a candidate committee pursuant to subdivision (3) or (4) of subsection (b) of section 9-604, files a certification with the commission pursuant to subsection (c) of section 9-603 and does not intend to participate in the Citizens' Election Program shall not be required to file such affidavit of intent not to abide by the expenditure limits of said program. Any such candidate shall be referred to as a nonparticipating candidate, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

(b) A candidate who so certifies the candidate's intent to abide by the expenditure limits under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702, as well as the limit on contributions derived from such candidate's personal funds to a party committee under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (b) of section 9-702, as amended by this act, shall be referred to in sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, as a "participating candidate" and a candidate who so certifies the candidate's intent to not abide by said limits shall be referred to in sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, as a "nonparticipating candidate". The commission shall prepare a list of the participating candidates and a list of the nonparticipating candidates and shall make such lists available for public inspection.

Sec. 503. Subsection (f) of section 9-706 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) If a nominated participating candidate dies, withdraws the candidate's candidacy or becomes disqualified to hold the office for which the candidate has been nominated after the commission approves the candidate's application for a grant under this section, the candidate committee of the candidate who is nominated to replace said candidate pursuant to section 9-460 shall be eligible to receive grants from the fund without complying with the provisions of section 9-704, if said replacement candidate files an affidavit under section 9-703, as amended by this act, certifying the candidate's intent to abide by the expenditure limits set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702, as well as the limit on contributions derived from such candidate's personal funds to a party committee under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (b) of section 9-702, as amended by this act, and notifies the commission on a form prescribed by the commission. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

from passage

9-702(b)

Sec. 502

from passage

9-703(a) and (b)

Sec. 503

from passage

9-706(f)