The bill makes technical modifications to the 'Fair Campaign Practices Act' (FCPA) to facilitate its administration. Specifically:
- Sections 1, 3, and 7 of the bill modify various existing statutory provisions to reflect distinctions among different types of committees or other entities.
- Sections 2 and 3 eliminate unnecessary, overly burdensome, and potentially unconstitutional double reporting of certain campaign contributions.
- Sections 3 and 4 clean up and correct errors that resulted from campaign finance legislation adopted during the 2016 regular session.
- Section 4 also removes certain paper-filing provisions that are rendered obsolete by electronic filing. Further, section 4 permits the secretary of state to give notice of certain campaign finance reporting deficiencies by regular mail if an e-mail address is not known.
- Sections 5 and 6 clarify procedures to be followed in connection with a person's failure to file a candidate affidavit or disclosure statement and the investigation of campaign finance violations. Section 6 also allows the parties in a campaign finance enforcement action in which attorney fees and costs have been awarded to apply to the district court to convert an award of fees and costs into a district court judgment.
- Section 8 allows the secretary of state discretion in deciding whether to forward to the state controller the collections of past-due debts resulting from campaign finance violations.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)