Substitute Senate Bill No. 1036

Public Act No. 99-12

An Act Prohibiting Government-Sponsored Promotional Campaigns Featuring Candidates for Public Office.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 9-333a of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (19) as follows:

(NEW) (19) "Public funds" means funds belonging to, or under the control of, the state or a political subdivision of the state.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 9-333l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) (1) 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.

(2) No official or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state shall authorize the use of public funds for a television, radio, newspaper or magazine promotional campaign or advertisement, which (A) features the name, face or voice of a candidate for public office or (B) promotes the nomination or election of a candidate for public office, during the five-month period preceding the election being held for the office which the candidate described in this subdivision (2) is seeking.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2000.

Approved May 12, 1999