HB519 (2017) Detail

Establishing a commission to study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.


HB 519 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0684

03/04

 

HOUSE BILL 519

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Higgins, Graf. 12; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0684

03/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Expenditure and Contribution Clearinghouse Commission.  Amend RSA 664 by inserting after section 5-c the following new section:

664:5-d  Expenditure and Contribution Clearinghouse Commission.

I.  There is established a commission to study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.

II.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(c)  The state treasurer, or designee.

(d)  The attorney general, or designee.

(e)  The secretary of state, or designee.

(f)  One member representing Open Democracy, appointed by that organization.

(g)  Two members representing the interests of political committees, appointed by the secretary of state.

III.  Vacancies in the appointed membership of  the commission shall be filled by the appointing authority.

IV.  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

V.  The commission shall study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.  The commission shall develop recommendations for legislation to be proposed during the 2019 session of the general court to be implemented, if technically feasible, before the 2020 election, otherwise before the 2022 election.

VI.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the senate member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Six members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

VII.  The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before July 1, 2018.

2  Repeal.  RSA 664:5-d, relative to the expenditure and contribution clearinghouse commission, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2018.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB519 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 14, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB519 Revision: 943 Date: Jan. 26, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Election Law HJ 3 P. 16
Jan. 24, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/24/2017 01:30 PM LOB 308
Feb. 14, 2017 Executive Session: 02/14/2017 11:00 AM LOB 308
March 8, 2017 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 11-8; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
March 8, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 192-158 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 93