MCCARTHY-CURRIE-BOLAND-SCHOENBERG AND DART.
PUB FINANCING JUD CAMPAIGN
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Creates the Public Financing for Judicial Campaigns Act.
Provides that candidates for the office of Judge of the Supreme Court
may apply for a public financing benefit in connection with their
campaign for office. Sets requirements for qualifying for the public
financing benefits. Limits the amount of private contributions
qualified candidates may accept. Provides that qualified candidates
must be distributed a line of credit from moneys in the Democracy
Trust Fund to be used for lawful political expenditures. Provides for
the increase of the line of credit if non-complying candidates make
certain expenditures. Sets penalties for violations of the Act.
Prohibits mass mailings on behalf of candidates for the office of
Judge of the Supreme Court using State moneys during the period from
June 1 preceding a general election until November 30 following a
general election. Contains other provisions. Amends the State
Finance Act. Creates the Democracy Trust Fund. Effective
FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Elections)
It is estimated that approximately $100,000 for new hirees will
be needed by the Board to implement HB 1704. Several variables
present difficulties in developing a firm assessment of costs.
Items such as the number of candidates participating, the num-
ber of violations that may occur, and the number of investiga-
tions conducted will affect the initial and long-range costs.
STATE MANDATES NOTE (Dept. of Commerce & Community Affairs)
Affairs (DCCA), HB 1704 does not meet the definition of a
State mandate under the State Mandates Act.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: JAN-07-2003
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 0
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