Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5523

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING DEPOSITS OF CONTRIBUTIONS IN CANDIDATE COMMITTEES' DEPOSITORY ACCOUNTS.

Vote Date:

3/23/2018

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/19/2018

File No.:

455

Disclaimer: The following JOINT FAVORABLE Report is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill makes allows a candidate to deposit contributions in the candidate committee's depository account if the treasurer and deputy treasurer of the candidate committee are not available.

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Subsec. (a)(1), "which" was changed to "[which] that" for proper grammar and in Subsec. (a)(2), the language was changed for consistency with the definition of "candidate committee" in Section 9-601(4) of the general statutes and with other provisions of the bill.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Michael Brandi, Executive Director and General Counsel, State Elections Enforcement Commission

Mr. Brandi notes that there is, “often a blurring of the lines between the duties between a candidate and his or her treasurer.” He argues that ideally, since the treasurer has more liablity then the candidate for properly following campaign finance law that they should be the gatekeeper of the committee's funds and the depository account. He urges the Committee to carefully consider giving more than one person in control of the checkbook for convenience sake, especially with the use of public funds and presence of expenditure limits in the CEP.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed.

Reported by: Susan Tufts

Date: 4/12/18