Adopted by House 3-4-2010

Delegate White moves to amend the title of the bill to read as follows:
H. B. 4130 - "
A BILL to amend and reenact §3-1A-1, §3-1A-4 and §3-1A-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new article, designated §3-12- 1, §3-12-2, §3-12-3, §3-12-4, §3-12-5, §3-12-6, §3-12-7, §3-12-8, §3-12-9, §3-12-10, §3-12-11, §3-12-12, §3-12-13, §3-12-14, §3-12- 15, §3-12-16 and §3-12-17, all relating to creating the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program; giving additional duties and per diem pay to the State Election Commission; authorizing the State Election Commission to use video, telephone and Internet conferencing; providing alternative public campaign financing option for candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 2012; setting forth short title and certain legislative findings and declarations; defining terms; specifying that the provisions of the act are applicable to candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in the 2012 primary and general elections; establishing the Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Fund and sources of revenue for the fund; authorizing transfer from the Purchasing Card Administration Fund to the fund for three years; authorizing attorney fees; authorizing fair administration of justice court fees; requiring an applicant for public campaign financing to complete a declaration of intent and setting forth the manner in which an application for funding may be made; setting forth eligibility criteria for qualifying candidates; allowing participating candidates to raise funds from private sources and spend exploratory contributions; requiring candidates seeking public campaign funds to collect a required number of qualifying contributions; requiring candidates to provide detailed receipts to contributors and to the state Election Commission for exploratory and qualifying contributions; requiring participating candidates to comply with all provisions of the act; requiring the state Election Commission to certify eligible candidates and setting forth the procedure for certification; providing for challenges to certification; providing for revocation of certification; providing for withdrawal from program; providing for distribution of funds from the Public Campaign Financing Fund to qualified candidates for funding election campaigns; specifying the amount of funds available for each candidate and when the funds become available; setting forth restrictions on participating candidates' contributions and spending; prohibiting participating candidates from accepting private contributions other than as specifically set forth in the act; providing for repayment of funds under certain circumstances; prohibiting the use of personal funds for certain purposes; permitting qualified candidates to raise funds from private sources when there is insufficient money in the Public Campaign Financing Fund to make a complete distribution to all qualified candidates; requiring certain disclosures; requiring candidates to keep records and report to the state Election Commission; providing for additional funds when independent expenditures or opponent expenditures exceed certain limits; setting forth certain duties of the state Election Commission and the Secretary of State; authorizing legislative rules; authorizing the creation of a voters' guide; providing for the deposit of certain revenue into the fund; requiring repayment of excessive expenditures by candidates; providing both civil and criminal penalties for violations of the act; and expiring the act in 2013.".