Substitute House Bill No. 7191
          Substitute House Bill No. 7191

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 93-251

AN   ACT  CONCERNING  LOBBYIST  CONTRIBUTIONS  AND
COMMITTEE CERTIFICATIONS.


    Section  1.  Section  9-333l  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Any  provision  of  this  chapter  to the
contrary notwithstanding,  a  candidate  committee
may  join with one or more candidate committees to
establish a political committee for the purpose of
sponsoring  one  or  more  fund-raising events for
those candidates. Any  individual,  other  than  a
candidate benefited, who is eligible and qualifies
to serve in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of
subsection  (d) of section 9-333h may serve as the
campaign treasurer or deputy campaign treasurer of
such   a   political   committee.  The  statements
required to be  filed  by  a  political  committee
under  this  chapter  shall apply to any political
committee established pursuant to this subsection.
After all expenses of the political committee have
been paid  by  its  campaign  treasurer  for  each
event,  he  shall  distribute  all remaining funds
from such event to the campaign treasurers of each
of  the candidate committees which established the
political  committee.  The  distribution  to  each
candidate   committee  shall  be  made  either  in
accordance  with  a   prior   agreement   of   the
candidates  or, if no prior agreement was made, in
equal proportions to each candidate committee. Any
contribution  which  is  made  to  such  political
committee  shall,  for  purposes  of   determining
compliance  with  the  limitations imposed by this
chapter, be deemed to  have  been  made  in  equal
proportions  to  each  candidate's campaign unless
(1) a prior agreement was made by  the  candidates
as  to  the disposition of remaining funds and (2)
those who contributed to the  political  committee
were  notified  of such disposition, in which case
the contribution shall be deemed to have been made
to  each  candidate's  campaign in accordance with
the agreement.
    (b)  A  candidate  committee  may  pay its pro
rata share of the expenses of operating a campaign
headquarters   and   of  preparing,  printing  and
disseminating  any  political   communication   on
behalf  of  that candidate and any other candidate
or candidates. Notwithstanding the  provisions  of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
9-333r, a  candidate  committee  may  reimburse  a
party  committee  for  any  expenditure such party
committee has incurred for  the  benefit  of  such
candidate committee.
    (c)  A  candidate  may  make  any  expenditure
permitted by section 9-333i to aid or promote  the
success of his campaign for nomination or election
from his personal  funds,  or  the  funds  of  his
immediate  family,  which for the purposes of this
chapter, shall consist of the  candidate's  spouse
and  issue.  Any  such  expenditure  shall  not be
deemed a contribution to any committee.
    (d)  No incumbent holding office shall, during
the three months preceding an election in which he
is  a  candidate  for  reelection  or  election to
another office, use public funds to mail or  print
flyers  or other promotional materials intended to
bring about his election or reelection.
    (e)   FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SUBSECTION  AND
SUBSECTION (f) OF THIS SECTION, THE EXCLUSIONS  TO
THE  TERM  "CONTRIBUTION"  IN  SUBSECTION  (b)  OF
SECTION 9-333b SHALL  NOT  APPLY.  Notwithstanding
any  provision  of  this  chapter to the contrary,
during  any  regular  session   of   the   general
assembly,   during  any  special  session  of  the
general assembly held between the  adjournment  of
the  regular  session  in an odd-numbered year and
the  convening  of  the  regular  session  in  the
following   even-numbered   year   or  during  any
reconvened session of the general assembly held in
an  odd-numbered  year to reconsider vetoed bills,
(1) no lobbyist or political committee established
by  or on behalf of a lobbyist shall make or offer
to make a contribution to or on behalf of, and  no
lobbyist  shall  solicit  a contribution on behalf
of,  (A)  a  candidate  or  exploratory  committee
established  by  a  candidate  for  nomination  or
election  to  the  general  assembly  or   (B)   a
political   committee   (i)   established  for  an
assembly or senatorial district, (ii)  established
by  a member of the general assembly or his agent,
or in consultation with,  or  at  the  request  or
suggestion  of, any such member or agent, or (iii)
controlled by such member  or  agent,  to  aid  or
promote   the   nomination   or  election  of  any
candidate or candidates to the  general  assembly,
and  (2)  no such candidate or political committee
shall accept such a contribution.  The  provisions
of  this subsection shall not apply to a candidate
committee established by a member of  the  general
assembly or a candidate for nomination or election
to the general assembly, at a special election for
the  general  assembly, from the date on which the
candidate or the chairman of the  committee  files
the  designation  of  a  campaign  treasurer and a
depository institution under section  9-333d  with
the  secretary  of the state, to the date on which
the special election is held, inclusive, or to  an
exploratory  committee  established by a member of
the general assembly to promote his candidacy  for
an office other than the general assembly.
    (f)  A  political committee established by two
or more  individuals  under  subparagraph  (B)  of
subsection  (3)  of  section  9-333a, other than a
committee established solely for  the  purpose  of
aiding  or  promoting  any candidate or candidates
for municipal office or the success or defeat of a
referendum  question,  shall  be  subject  to  the
prohibition    on    acceptance    of     lobbyist
contributions under subsection (e) of this section
unless the campaign treasurer of the committee has
filed  a  certification  that the committee is not
established  for   an   assembly   or   senatorial
district,  or  by a member of the general assembly
or his agent, or in consultation with, or  at  the
request  or  suggestion  of,  any  such  member or
agent, or controlled by such member or agent.  The
campaign  treasurer  of  any  political  committee
established by or on behalf of  a  lobbyist  shall
file   a   certification   to  that  effect.  Such
certifications shall be filed with the  office  of
the secretary of the state, on forms prescribed by
the secretary, on or  before  [December  1,  1990]
NOVEMBER   15,   1994,   for  all  such  political
committees in existence on such date, or upon  the
registration  of  the  committee, and on or before
[December  first  annually]   NOVEMBER   FIFTEENTH
BIENNIALLY thereafter. THE SECRETARY SHALL PROVIDE
TO THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT  COMMISSION  ON
OR   BEFORE   DECEMBER  1,  1994,  AND  BIENNIALLY
THEREAFTER,  A  POLITICAL  COMMITTEE  REGISTRATION
REPORT.  THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A CERTIFIED COPY
OF  EACH  CERTIFICATION  FILED  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
SUBSECTION   PRIOR   TO   DECEMBER  FIRST  OF  THE
REPORTING YEAR AND A  CERTIFIED  COPY  OF  A  LIST
STATING  THE  NAME  OF  EACH  POLITICAL  COMMITTEE
REGISTERED PURSUANT TO  SECTION  9-333g  PRIOR  TO
DECEMBER  FIRST OF THE REPORTING YEAR AND THE NAME
AND ADDRESS OF THE CAMPAIGN TREASURER OF EACH SUCH
COMMITTEE.  IN THE CASE OF ANY POLITICAL COMMITTEE
WHICH REGISTERS OR FILES  A  CERTIFICATION  ON  OR
AFTER DECEMBER FIRST OF ANY EVEN-NUMBERED YEAR BUT
PRIOR  TO  NOVEMBER   FIRST   OF   THE   FOLLOWING
EVEN-NUMBERED  YEAR,  THE  SECRETARY SHALL PROVIDE
THE  COMMISSION  WITH  A   COPY   OF   EACH   SUCH
REGISTRATION  OR CERTIFICATION BY THE CLOSE OF THE
NEXT  BUSINESS   DAY   FOLLOWING   RECEIPT.   SUCH
REGISTRATION  INFORMATION  OR  CERTIFICATION SHALL
ALSO  BE  INCLUDED  IN  THE   BIENNIAL   POLITICAL
COMMITTEE  REGISTRATION REPORT OF THE SECRETARY TO
THE COMMISSION. The [state elections  enforcement]
commission  shall  prepare  a  list  of  all  such
committees  subject  to  the  prohibitions   under
subsection  (e)  of this section, according to the
certifications filed,  which  shall  be  available
prior  to  the  opening of each regular session of
the general assembly, and shall provide a copy  of
the  list  to  the  president  pro  tempore of the
senate,   the   speaker   of    the    house    of
representatives, the minority leader of the senate
and  the  minority  leader   of   the   house   of
representatives. During each such regular session,
the commission shall prepare a  supplemental  list
of   committees  which  register  after  [December
first] NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH and are subject to  such
prohibitions, and the commission shall provide the
supplemental list to such legislative leaders. The
filing   of  the  certification  by  the  campaign
treasurer of the committee shall  not  impair  the
authority  of  the commission to act under section
9-7b. Any lobbyist or campaign treasurer who  acts
in reliance on such lists in good faith shall have
an absolute defense in any  action  brought  under
subsection (e) and this subsection, subsection (c)
of section 9-333f and subsection  (f)  of  section
9-333j.
    (g)  AS  USED  IN  THIS SUBSECTION, "IMMEDIATE
FAMILY" MEANS ANY SPOUSE OR  DEPENDENT  CHILD  WHO
RESIDES  IN  A LOBBYIST'S HOUSEHOLD. EACH LOBBYIST
WHO IS AN  INDIVIDUAL  AND,  IN  CONJUNCTION  WITH
MEMBERS    OF    HIS   IMMEDIATE   FAMILY,   MAKES
CONTRIBUTIONS  TO  OR  PURCHASES  FROM  COMMITTEES
EXCEEDING  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS IN THE AGGREGATE
DURING THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD BEGINNING  JULY  1,
1993,  OR JULY FIRST IN ANY YEAR THEREAFTER, SHALL
FILE A STATEMENT, SWORN  UNDER  PENALTY  OF  FALSE
STATEMENT,  WITH  THE  SECRETARY  OF  THE STATE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION  9-333e,
AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT, ON THE SECOND
THURSDAY  IN  JULY  FOLLOWING  THE  END  OF   SUCH
TWELVE-MONTH  PERIOD. THE STATEMENT SHALL INCLUDE:
(1) THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF EACH PERSON  ON  WHOSE
BEHALF  HE WAS A LOBBYIST DURING THE YEAR; (2) THE
NAME OF EACH COMMITTEE TO WHICH THE LOBBYIST OR  A
MEMBER   OF   HIS  IMMEDIATE  FAMILY  HAS  MADE  A
CONTRIBUTION AND THE AMOUNT AND DATE OF EACH  SUCH
CONTRIBUTION;  AND  (3) THE NAME OF EACH COMMITTEE
FROM WHICH THE LOBBYIST OR MEMBER OF HIS IMMEDIATE
FAMILY  HAS  PURCHASED  ANY  ITEM  OF  PROPERTY OR
ADVERTISING  SPACE  IN  A  PROGRAM  OR  TICKET  IN
CONNECTION  WITH A FUND-RAISING EVENT WHICH IS NOT
CONSIDERED A CONTRIBUTION UNDER SUBSECTION (b)  OF
SECTION   9-333b   AND   THE   AMOUNT,   DATE  AND
DESCRIPTION OF EACH SUCH PURCHASE.  EACH  LOBBYIST
WHO  IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND WHO, IN CONJUNCTION WITH
MEMBERS OF HIS IMMEDIATE  FAMILY,  DOES  NOT  MAKE
CONTRIBUTIONS  TO  OR  PURCHASES  FROM  COMMITTEES
EXCEEDING ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS  IN  THE  AGGREGATE
DURING  ANY  SUCH TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD SHALL FILE A
STATEMENT, SWORN UNDER PENALTY OF FALSE STATEMENT,
WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 9-333e,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION  2  OF THIS ACT, ON THE SECOND THURSDAY IN
JULY, SO INDICATING.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (a) of section 9-333e of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Statements  filed  by  party  committees,
political committees formed to aid or promote  the
success   or   defeat  of  a  referendum  question
proposing     a     constitutional     convention,
constitutional   amendment   or  revision  of  the
constitution,  INDIVIDUAL  LOBBYISTS,  and   those
political   committees  and  candidate  committees
formed to aid or promote the success or defeat  of
any   candidate   for   the  office  of  governor,
lieutenant  governor,  secretary  of  the   state,
treasurer, comptroller, attorney general, sheriff,
judge  of  probate  and  members  of  the  general
assembly,  shall  be  filed with the office of the
secretary of the state. A copy of  each  statement
filed  by  a  town committee shall be filed at the
same time with the town clerk of the  municipality
in  which  the  committee is situated. A political
committee formed for a slate of  candidates  in  a
primary  for  the  position of convention delegate
shall file statements with both the  secretary  of
the  state  and the town clerk of the municipality
in which the primary is to be held.
    Sec.  3.  Subsection  (d) of section 9-333j of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d)  At the time of filing statements required
under this section, the campaign treasurer of each
candidate  committee shall send to the candidate a
duplicate statement and the campaign treasurer  of
each  party committee and each political committee
other than an exploratory committee shall send  to
the   chairman   of   the  committee  a  duplicate
statement. Each statement  required  to  be  filed
under  this  section AND SUBSECTION (g) OF SECTION
9-333l, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, shall
be  deemed to be filed in a timely manner if it is
delivered by hand to  the  office  of  the  proper
authority  before  four-thirty o'clock p.m. [,] or
postmarked by the  United  States  Postal  Service
before midnight [,] on the required filing day. If
the day for any such filing falls on  a  Saturday,
Sunday  or  legal  holiday, the statement shall be
filed on the next business day thereafter.
    Sec.   4.   Section   9-333y  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any   person   who   knowingly   and  wilfully
violates any provision of this  chapter  shall  be
fined  not  more  than  five  thousand  dollars or
imprisoned not more than five years or  both.  The
secretary  of  the  state  or the town clerk shall
notify the state elections enforcement commission,
the   chief   state's  attorney  and  the  state's
attorney for the judicial  district  wherein  such
person resides of any such violation of which said
secretary or such town clerk may  have  knowledge,
provided,  if  any  campaign treasurer OR LOBBYIST
fails to file the statements required  by  section
9-333j  OR  SUBSECTION  (g)  OF SECTION 9-333l, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, AS THE CASE  MAY
BE,  within the time required, he shall pay a late
filing fee of fifty-five dollars.  [and  the]  THE
secretary   of  the  state  or  town  clerk  shall
forthwith notify  [such  campaign  treasurer]  THE
PERSON REQUIRED TO FILE that, if such statement is
not  filed  within  seven  days  thereafter,   the
secretary  of the state or town clerk shall notify
the state elections  enforcement  commission,  the
chief  state's  attorney  and the state's attorney
for the judicial district in which  the  [campaign
treasurer]  PERSON  REQUIRED  TO FILE resides that
the [campaign treasurer] PERSON is in violation of
said  section,  the  penalty  for which shall be a
fine of not more  than  one  thousand  dollars  or
imprisonment for not more than one year or both.
    Sec.  5.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1993.