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Public campaign financing; counties and cities may establish for certain offices.

Authorizes the governing body of a county or city to establish by ordinance a system of public campaign financing for elected local offices. The bill specifies certain requirements for a system of public campaign financing established by a governing body, including the provision of a public election fund to be administered by the treasurer of the county or city. A system of public campaign financing established by a county or city is permitted to more stringently regulate the campaign finance activity of participating candidates and shall be subject to regulation and oversight by the State Board of Elections to ensure its conformity with state law and policy to the extent practicable.

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01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101303D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20101303D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 851
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Chapter 9.3 of Title 24.2 an article numbered 3.1, consisting of a section numbered 24.2-948.5, relating to public campaign financing; counties and cities may establish for certain offices.
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    Patron-- Simon
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    Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Chapter 9.3 of Title 24.2 an article numbered 3.1, consisting of a section numbered 24.2-948.5, as follows:

    Article 3.1.
    Public Campaign Financing.

    24.2-948.5. System of public campaign financing.

    A. Subject to the provisions of this section, the governing body of a county or city may establish, by ordinance, a system of public campaign financing for elected local offices. The ordinance shall specify the criteria for use in determining whether a candidate is eligible for public campaign financing.

    B. A system of public campaign financing established in a county or city pursuant to this section shall:

    1. Provide for the participation of candidates in public campaign financing on a strictly voluntary basis. Candidates who do not choose to participate in the system of public campaign financing may not be regulated except as otherwise provided by law.

    2. Prohibit the use of public campaign financing for any campaign except a campaign for an elected local office.

    3. Require a candidate who accepts public campaign financing to (i) designate a campaign depository solely for the campaign of the elected local office and (ii) use funds from that campaign depository only for the campaign of the elected local office for which it was designated.

    4. Prohibit a candidate who accepts public campaign financing from transferring funds (i) to the campaign depository designated for the campaign of the elected local office from any other campaign depository designated for the candidate and (ii) from the campaign depository designated for the campaign of the elected local office to any other campaign depository.

    C. The governing body of a county or city that establishes a system of public campaign financing shall provide for a public election fund for elected local offices. Such fund shall be administered by the treasurer of the county or city.

    D. A system of public campaign financing established pursuant to this section may provide for more stringent regulation of the campaign finance activity by candidates participating in the system of public campaign financing, including regulations regarding contributions, expenditures, and reporting requirements, and may impose civil penalties for violations.

    E. Any system of public campaign financing established pursuant to this section shall be subject to regulation and oversight by the State Board to ensure conformity and compliance with state law and policy to the extent practicable.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Marcus B. Simon D-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/16/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)
    01/13/2020 House House: Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101303D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
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    Branch Vote Date Yes No Not Voting
    House 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 5 0 0
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    Authorizes the governing body of a county or city to establish by ordinance a system of public campaign financing for elected local offices. The bill specifies certain requirements for a system of public campaign financing established by a governing body, including the provision of a public election fund to be administered by the treasurer of the county or city. A system of public campaign financing established by a county or city is permitted to more stringently regulate the campai
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    Elections
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