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Introduced Version Senate Bill 8 History

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WEST virginia Legislature

2017 regular session

Introduced

Senate Bill 8

By Senator Trump

[Introduced February 8, 2017; referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary
]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §3-8-15, relating to candidates or candidate committees for legislative office disclosing contributions received while the Legislature is in session; requiring timely disclosure of certain contributions from persons while the Legislature is in session; clarifying that the legislative session includes interim and special sessions; requiring timely disclosure of fund-raising events, including contributions, of candidates or candidate committees for legislative office while the Legislature is in session; defining terms; imposing same reporting requirements upon former candidates or candidate committees for legislative office who are still in office; requiring Secretary of State to create a form for disclosure; requiring Secretary of State to publish information on the Secretary of State’s website; authorizing Secretary of State to establish means for electronic filing and disclosure in the alternative; and authorizing Secretary of State to promulgate legislative and emergency rules.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §3-8-15, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 8. REGULATIONS AND CONTROL OF ELECTIONS.


§3-8-15.  Disclosure of contributions during legislative session.

(a) In addition to any reporting required under this article, a candidate or candidate committee for legislative office that receives a contribution greater than $500, or the aggregate of that amount, from any person while the Legislature is in session, including interim and special sessions, shall disclose the receipt of the contributions, including the source and amounts, within five business days after receipt.

(b) In addition to other reporting required under this article, a candidate or candidate committee for legislative office who has a fund-raising event while the Legislature is in session, including interim and special sessions, shall disclose the existence of the event and the receipt of contributions, including the source and amounts, within five business days after the fund-raising event.  For purposes of this section, “fund-raising event” has the same meaning as it is defined in section one-a of this article.

(c) The reporting requirements under this section also apply to former candidates or candidate committees for legislative office who are still in office and collect contributions or fund-raise to retire or pay-off debt of a campaign account while the Legislature is in session.

(d) The Secretary of State shall prepare a form for disclosure of these contributions and publish the information on the Secretary of State’s website within one business day of the Secretary of State receiving the completed form: Provided, That in the alternative, the Secretary of State is authorized to establish a means for electronic filing and disclosure.

(e) Pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, the Secretary of State shall propose rules and emergency rules for legislative approval relating to the creation and maintenance of a publically accessible database available on the Secretary of State’s website; the establishment of forms and procedures for submission of information to the Secretary of State; and for other procedures and policies consistent with this section.

 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require members of the Legislature to disclose contributions and fund-raising events while the Legislature is in session.  The bill requires the information to be provide within 5 days of the event or receipt of contribution, and requires the Secretary of State to publish such information on the Secretary of State’s website within 1 day.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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