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Full Text of HB3184  97th General Assembly


Rep. Deborah Mell

Filed: 3/10/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3184 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing
5Section 9-40 as follows:
6    (10 ILCS 5/9-40)
7    (This Section scheduled to be repealed on March 15, 2015)
8    Sec. 9-40. Campaign Finance Reform Task Force.
9    (a) There is hereby created the Campaign Finance Reform
10Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to conduct a
11thorough review of the implementation of campaign finance
12reform legislation in the State of Illinois, and the
13feasibility of implementing a mechanism of campaign finance
14regulation that would subsidize political campaigns in
15exchange for voluntary adherence to specified expenditure



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1    (b) The Task Force shall consist of 11 members, appointed
2as follows: 2 each by the Speaker of the House of
3Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of
4Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Minority
5Leader of the Senate; and 3 by the Governor, one of whom shall
6serve as chairperson. Members shall be adults and residents of
7Illinois. The individual (or his or her successor) who
8appointed a member may remove that appointed member before the
9expiration of his or her term on the Task Force for official
10misconduct, incompetence, or neglect of duty. Members shall
11serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for expenses.
12Appointments shall be made within 60 days after the effective
13date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
14    (c) The Task Force shall conduct meetings and conduct a
15public hearing before filing any report mandated by this
16Section. At the public hearings, the Task Force shall allow
17interested persons to present their views and comments. The
18Task Force shall submit all reports required by this Section to
19the Governor, the State Board of Elections, and the General
20Assembly. In addition to the reports required by this Section,
21the Task Force may provide, at its discretion, interim reports
22and recommendations. The State Board of Elections shall provide
23administrative support to the Task Force.
24    (d) The Task Force shall study the feasibility of
25implementing a mechanism of campaign finance regulation that
26would subsidize political campaigns in exchange for voluntary



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1adherence to specified expenditure limitations. In conducting
2its study, the Task Force shall consider a system of public
3financing by State government for the conduct and finance of
4election campaigns for the following: (1) Representatives and
5Senators in the General Assembly, (2) constitutional offices of
6State government, and (3) judges. The Task Force may propose
7financing campaigns through funding mechanisms including, but
8not limited to, fines, voluntary contributions, surcharges on
9lobbying activities, and a whistleblower fund. In determining a
10plan for election to each office, the Task Force shall consider
11the following factors:
12        (i) the amount of funds raised by past candidates for
13    that office;
14        (ii) the amount of funds expended by past candidates
15    for that office;
16        (iii) the disparity in the amount of funds raised by
17    candidates of different political parties;
18        (iv) the amount of funds expended by entities not
19    affiliated with a candidate;
20        (v) the amount of money contributed to or expended by a
21    committee of a political party to promote a candidate;
22        (vi) jurisprudence with relation to campaign finance
23    and public financing; and
24        (vii) such other factors, not confined to the
25    foregoing, that the Task Force determines to be related to
26    the public financing of elections in this State.



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1    The Task Force shall also study the feasibility of creating
2public financing within the statutory system of limits, or if
3the system of limits should be changed to facilitate a system
4of public financing and the need for a process to protect
5candidates who receive public financing against candidates who
6do not opt to participate in public financing or who
8    The Task Force shall submit the report required by this
9subsection no later than December 31, 2011. The Task Force may
10provide, at its discretion, interim reports and
11recommendations before that date.
12    (e) The Task Force shall examine and make recommendations
13related to the provisions of this amendatory Act of the 96th
14General Assembly in Section 9-8.5 (c-5) and (c-10) limiting
15contributions to a political party committee from a candidate
16political committee or political party committee. The Task
17Force shall submit a report with recommendations required by
18this subsection no later than September 30, 2012. The Task
19Force may provide, at its discretion, interim reports and
20recommendations before that date.
21    (f) The Task Force shall review the implementation of this
22amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly and any additional
23campaign finance reform legislation considered by the General
24Assembly. The Task Force shall examine each provision of this
25amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly and make
26recommendations for changes, deletions, or improvements. In



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1conducting its review of campaign finance reform
2implementation, the Task Force shall also consider and address
3a variety of empirical measures, case studies, and comparative
4analyses, including, but not limited to the following:
5        (i) campaign finance legislation in other states as
6    well as the federal system of campaign finance regulation;
7        (ii) the impact of contribution limits in Illinois,
8    including the impact on contributions from individuals,
9    corporations, associations, and labor organizations;
10        (iii) the impact of contribution limits on independent
11    expenditures in Illinois;
12        (iv) the effectiveness, reliability, and cost of
13    various enforcement mechanisms;
14        (v) the best practices in mandating timely disclosure
15    of the origin of campaign contributions; and
16        (vi) the best way to require and conduct random audits
17    and audits for cause.
18    The Task Force shall also submit a report detailing the
19following: (i) the effectiveness of enforcement mechanisms,
20(ii) whether the disclosure requirements and the definition of
21"receipt" result in accurate reporting; (iii) issues related to
22audits, (iv) the effect of using the same election cycle for
23all members of the General Assembly, and (v) the impact of
24Section 9-8.5(h).
25    The Task Force shall submit reports required by this
26subsection no later than March 1, 2013 and March 1, 2015.



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1    (f-5) No later than January 1, 2012, the Task Force shall
2make recommendations to the State Board of Elections for the
3development and implementation of a campaign finance training
4program to be offered to all candidates for State or local
5election. The program shall be developed by the Board in
6cooperation and consultation with the Task Force and non-profit
7entities that promote ethical and legal conduct in elections
8and government.
9    (g) The Task Force shall submit a final report by March 10,
102015. The Task Force is abolished and this Section is repealed
11on March 15, 2015.
12(Source: P.A. 96-832, eff. 7-1-10.)
13    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.".