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AB-193 Local ballot measures: arguments.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 9166.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

9166.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 9163, if an argument in favor of or against a county measure is not submitted for inclusion with the sample ballot materials by the date fixed by the county elections official, the county elections official shall do both of the following:
(1) Extend the deadline to submit arguments for or against the measure by one calendar day.
(2) Immediately issue a press release that contains all of the following:
(A) The impartial analysis of the measure prepared by the county counsel or the district attorney pursuant to Section 9160.
(B) A statement that an argument for or against the measure, or both, has not been submitted for inclusion with the sample ballot materials.
(C) A request that arguments for or against the measure, or both, as applicable, be submitted by the extended deadline.
(b) If the county elections official extends the deadline pursuant to subdivision (a), any person or organization otherwise qualified to submit an argument relating to the county measure may submit an argument for or against the measure, as applicable, by the extended deadline. The argument shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Sections 9162 and 9164.

SEC. 2.

 Section 9288 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

9288.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 9286, if an argument in favor of or against a city measure is not submitted for inclusion with the sample ballot materials by the date fixed by the city elections official, the city elections official shall do both of the following:
(1) Extend the deadline to submit arguments for or against the measure by one calendar day.
(2) Immediately issue a press release that contains all of the following:
(A) The impartial analysis of the measure prepared by the city attorney pursuant to Section 9280.
(B) A statement that an argument for or against the measure, or both, has not been submitted for inclusion with the sample ballot materials.
(C) A request that arguments for or against the measure, or both, as applicable, be submitted by the extended deadline.
(b) If the city elections official extends the deadline pursuant to subdivision (a), any person or organization otherwise qualified to submit an argument relating to the city measure may submit an argument for or against the measure, as applicable, by the extended deadline. The argument shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Sections 9282 and 9283.
SEC. 3.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.