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Fair Campaign Practices Act Technical Changes

Concerning technical modifications to the 'Fair Campaign Practices Act' to facilitate its administration.
2018 Regular Session

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.)


Under Consideration

Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. S. Lontine
Sen. B. Gardner



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