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AB-84 Political Reform Act of 1974: political party committee disclosures.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The public deserves to receive required campaign finance information in an accurate, timely, and transparent manner.
(b) The public should be able to track money raised and spent by political parties and legislative caucuses.
(c) Increasing the timeliness of reports filed by political parties and legislative caucuses when they are most active improves public access and transparency.
(d) The disclosure of contributors and expenditures by political parties and legislative caucuses serves the following important purposes:
(1) It provides the electorate with information as to where campaign money comes from, increasing its ability to identify the supporters of candidates.
(2) It is an important means of gathering the information necessary to detect violations of the Political Reform Act of 1974.
(3) The people of California have a compelling interest in receiving clear and easy to use information about who is financing political campaigns.

SEC. 2.

 Section 84200.6 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84200.6.
 In addition to the campaign statements required by Sections 84200  84200, 84200.5,  and 84200.5, 84200.10,  all candidates and committees shall file the following special statements and reports:
(a) Late contribution reports, when required by Section 84203.
(b) Late independent expenditure reports, when required by Section 84204.

SEC. 3.

 Section 84200.10 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84200.10.
 (a) During any year in which there is a regularly scheduled statewide primary or general election, a political party committee that received contributions or made expenditures of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more during the previous calendar year is required to file monthly reports. Monthly reports are due no later than the 20th day of the month, except that semiannual reports shall be filed by the deadlines specified in subdivision (a) of Section 84200.
(1) A monthly report is not due in any month in which a political party committee files a preelection report pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 84200.5.
(2) The reporting period for monthly reports is the first day of the calendar month through the last day of the calendar month except that monthly reports following preelection statements shall include the day after the last day of the preelection reporting period through the last day of the month in which the preelection report is filed.
(b) The Commission may combine statements and reports pursuant to Section 84205 to avoid additional or unnecessary filings or filings with substantially abbreviated reporting periods.

SEC. 4.

 Section 85205 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85205.
 (a)  “Political party committee” means the state central committee  committee, a legislative caucus committee,  or county central committee of an organization that meets the requirements for recognition as a political party pursuant to Section 5100 or 5151 of the Elections Code.
(b) Each caucus of each political party of each house of the Legislature may establish no more than one legislative caucus committee. A legislative caucus committee shall be directed by the Speaker of the Assembly, Assembly Minority Leader, President pro Tempore of the Senate, Senate Minority Leader, or the caucus leader of any other recognized political party represented in the Legislature, or his or her designee or designees.
(c) (1) Pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 82016, a legislative caucus committee is not a controlled committee.
(2) For purposes of Section 85201, a bank account established for a legislative caucus committee is not a campaign contribution account of the person who directs the committee or of any other candidate.
(d) Funds received by each legislative caucus committee shall be held in trust to advance the interests of the legislative caucus. Legislative caucus funds may be used to make expenditures associated with the election of members of the Legislature, and for caucus expenses. The authority to direct a legislative caucus committee shall transfer to the successor leader of the legislative caucus described in subdivision (b) at the time the successor assumes office as leader, unless the caucus decides by a majority vote to transfer authority to direct the legislative caucus committee at an earlier time.
SEC. 5.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SEC. 6.
 The Legislature finds and declares that this bill furthers the purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 within the meaning of subdivision (a) of Section 81012 of the Government Code.
SEC. 7.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to ensure transparency in elections, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.
SEC. 8.
 This act shall become operative 14 days after the effective date of this act.