Arizona Proposition 306 • Election laws

Introduced by Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona. Original text available at azleg.gov/../0139.pdf.

passed

House Concurrent Resolution 2007

A concurrent resolution enacting and ordering the submission to the people of a measure relating to the Citizens Clean Elections Act.

Text of proposed amendment:

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring:

  1. Under the power of the referendum, as vested in the Legislature, the following measure, relating to the Citizens Clean Elections Act, is enacted to become valid as a law if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:

    An act amending sections 16-948 and 16-956, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the Citizens Clean Elections Act.

    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Basically,

If approved, this act would amend 2 sections of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

Both sections relate to election laws.

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Section 1. Section 16-948, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

16-948. Controls on participating candidates’ campaign accounts

  1. A participating candidate shall conduct all financial activity through a single campaign account of the candidate's campaign committee. A participating candidate shall not make any deposits into the campaign account other than those permitted under section 16-945 or 16-946.
  2. A candidate may designate other persons with authority to withdraw funds MONIES from the candidate's campaign account. The candidate and any person so designated shall sign a joint statement under oath promising to comply with the requirements of this title.
  3. The candidate or a person authorized under subsection B of this section shall pay monies from a participating candidate's campaign account directly to the person providing goods or services to the campaign and shall identify, on a report filed pursuant to article 1 1.4 of this chapter, the full name and street address of the person and the nature of the goods and services and compensation for which payment has been made. THE FOLLOWING PAYMENTS MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE’S CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT ARE UNLAWFUL CONTRIBUTIONS:
    1. A PAYMENT MADE TO A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION THAT IS EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 501(a) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE AND THAT IS ELIGIBLE TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF A CANDIDATE ELECTION.
    2. A PAYMENT MADE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO A POLITICAL PARTY.
  4. Notwithstanding the previous sentence SUBSECTION C OF THIS SECTION, a campaign committee may establish one or more petty cash accounts, which in aggregate shall not exceed one thousand dollars at any time. No single expenditure shall be made from a petty cash account exceeding one hundred dollars.
  5. D.          Monies in a participating candidate's campaign account shall not be used to pay fines or civil penalties, for costs or legal fees related to representation before the commission, or for defense of any enforcement action under this chapter. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent a participating candidate from having a legal defense fund.
  6. E.          A participating candidate shall not use clean elections monies to purchase goods or services that bear a distinctive trade name, trademark or trade dress item, including a logo, that is owned by a business or other entity that is owned by that participating candidate or in which the candidate has a controlling interest. The use of goods or services that are prohibited by this subsection is deemed to be an unlawful in-kind contribution to the participating candidate.

Basically,

Political candidates must use a single bank account for all their campaign’s money.

They can only put money in the account if that money meets the requirements of sections 16-945 or 16-946.

Candidates can authorize others to take money out of the account as long as they follow the laws.

These campaigns can pay for goods and services, like website design.

It is illegal for political campaigns to make payments to:

Campaigns can have “petty cash” accounts with up to $1,000 in each one. Those accounts can’t be used to pay for anything that costs more than $100.

Campaign account funds can’t be used to pay fines, penalties, or certain legal fees.

They also can’t be used to pay a company that is owned or controlled by that particular candidate.

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Section 2. Section 16-956, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

16-956. Voter education and enforcement duties

  1. The commission shall:
    1. Develop a procedure for publishing a document or section of a document having a space of predefined size for a message chosen by each candidate. For the document that is delivered before the primary election, the document shall contain the names of every candidate for every statewide and legislative district office in that primary election without regard to whether the candidate is a participating candidate or a nonparticipating candidate. For the document that is delivered before the general election, the document shall contain the names of every candidate for every statewide and legislative district office in that general election without regard to whether the candidate is a participating candidate or a nonparticipating candidate. The commission shall deliver one copy of each document to every household that contains a registered voter. For the document that is delivered before the primary election, the delivery may be made over a period of days but shall be sent in time to be delivered to households before the earliest date for receipt by registered voters of any requested early ballots for the primary election. The commission may deliver the second document over a period of days but shall send the second document in order to be delivered to households before the earliest date for receipt by registered voters of any requested early ballots for the general election. The primary election and general election documents published by the commission shall comply with all of the following:
      1. For any candidate who does not submit a message pursuant to this paragraph, the document shall include with the candidate's listing the words "no statement submitted".
      2. The document shall have printed on its cover the words "citizens clean elections commission voter education guide" and the words "primary election" or "general election" and the applicable year. The document shall also contain at or near the bottom of the document cover in type that is no larger than one-half the size of the type used for "citizens clean elections commission voter education guide" the words "paid for by the citizens clean elections fund".
      3. In order to prevent voter confusion, the document shall be easily distinguishable from the publicity pamphlet that is required to be produced by the secretary of state pursuant to section 19-123.
    2. Sponsor debates among candidates, in such manner as determined by the commission. The commission shall require participating candidates to attend and participate in debates and may specify by rule penalties for nonparticipation. The commission shall invite and permit nonparticipating candidates to participate in debates.
    3. Prescribe forms for reports, statements, notices and other documents required by this article. The commission shall not require a candidate to use a reporting system other than the reporting system jointly approved by the commission and the office of the secretary of state.
    4. Prepare and publish instructions setting forth methods of bookkeeping and preservation of records to facilitate compliance with this article and explaining the duties of persons and committees under this article.
    5. Produce a yearly report describing the commission's activities and any recommendations for changes of law, administration or funding amounts and accounting for monies in the fund.
    6. Adopt rules to implement the reporting requirements of section 16-958, subsections D and E.
    7. Enforce this article, ensure that money from the fund is placed in candidate campaign accounts or otherwise spent as specified in this article and not otherwise, monitor reports filed pursuant to this chapter and financial records of candidates as needed and ensure that money required by this article to be paid to the fund is deposited in the fund. The commission shall not take action on any external complaint that is filed more than ninety days after the postelection report is filed or ninety days after the completion of the canvass of the election to which the complaint relates, whichever is later.
  2. The commission may subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance and testimony, administer oaths and affirmations, take evidence and require by subpoena the production of any books, papers, records or other items material to the performance of the commission's duties or the exercise of its powers.
  3. The commission may adopt rules to carry out the purposes of this article and to govern procedures of the commission. Commission rule making is exempt from title 41, chapter 6, article 3. The commission shall propose and adopt rules in public meetings, with at least sixty days allowed for interested parties to comment after the rules are proposed. The commission shall also file a notice of exempt rule making and the proposed rule in the format prescribed in section 41-1022 with the secretary of state's office for publication in the Arizona administrative register. After consideration of the comments received in the sixty day comment period, the commission may adopt the rule in an open meeting. Any rules given final approval in an open meeting shall be filed in the format prescribed in section 41-1022 with the secretary of state's office for publication in the Arizona administrative register. Any rules adopted by the commission shall only be applied prospectively from the date the rule was adopted.
  4. Rules adopted by the commission are not effective until January 1 in the year following the adoption of the rule, except that rules adopted by unanimous vote of the commission may be made immediately effective and enforceable.
  5. If, in the view of the commission, the action of a particular candidate or committee requires immediate change to a commission rule, a unanimous vote of the commission is required. Any rule change made pursuant to this subsection that is enacted with less than a unanimous vote takes effect for the next election cycle.
  6. Based on the results of the elections in any quadrennial election after 2002, and within six months after such election, the commission may adopt rules changing the number of qualifying contributions required for any office from those listed in section 16-950, subsection D, by no more than twenty per cent PERCENT of the number applicable for the preceding election.

  1. Under the power of the referendum, as vested in the Legislature, the following measure, relating to the citizens clean elections act, is enacted to become valid as a law if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:

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