SB 181 Modifies the law relating to campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics
Sponsor: Kraus
LR Number: 1076S.01I Fiscal Note not available
Committee: Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics
Last Action: 1/31/2013 - Second Read and Referred S Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee Journal Page: S183
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Effective Date: August 28, 2013

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SB 181 - The act bars political fund-raising activities to be held in buildings owned by the state or political subdivisions.

Statewide elected officials and legislators shall not campaign for other statewide elected officials or legislators or act as a paid political consultant for another statewide elected official or legislator or for a campaign committee, candidate committee, political action committee, or political party committee.

Statewide elected officials and legislators and their staff, employees, and family shall not receive any lobbyist gifts with a value of over $50.

Legislators shall not lobby until three years after leaving office.

Those who offer anything of value to any elected or appointed public official or employee of the state in exchange for an action affecting legislation or rulemaking and those who accept such value in such instances are guilty of a class D felony.

This act establishes campaign contribution limits for individuals and political party committees. The limits are as follows for contributions made by or accepted from any person other than the candidate in an election:

• $5,000 for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, or Attorney General.

• $1,200 for Senators.

• $600 for Representatives.

• $325 any other office, including judicial office, if the population of the area is under 100,000.

• $650 any other office, including judicial office, if the population of the area is between 100,000 and 250,000.

• $1,275 any other office, including judicial office, if the population of the area is over 250,000.

The limits are as follows for contributions made by or accepted from a political party committee in an election:

• $2,000 for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, or Attorney General.

• $1,000 for Senators.

• $500 for Representatives.

• 10 times the allowable contribution limit for any other office.

• 50% of the amount of the allowable limit in unopposed primaries.

This act is similar to HB 633 (2009), HB 687 (2009), SB 389 (2009), SB 270 (2009), HCS/SS#2/SCS/SB 577 (2010), SB 800 (2010), HCS#2/SB 844 (2010), SB 648 (2010), HB 1322 (2010), HB 1326 (2010), HB 1337 (2010), HB 1727 (2010), HB 1846 (2010), HB 2039 (2010), HCS/HB 2300 (2010), SB 75 (2011), HB 139 (2013),SB 526 (2012), SB 825 (2012), HB 1080 (2012), HB 1320 (2012), HB 1756 (2012), HB 1939 (2012), and SB 92 (2013).

CHRIS HOGERTY