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SB-401 Political Reform Act of 1974: contribution limitations.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 85301.7 is added to the Government Code, to read:

85301.7.
 For each period between statewide general elections, as defined in Section 1200 of the Elections Code, a person shall not make a committee controlled by a candidate for elective office that is primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures, and such a committee shall not accept from a person, a contribution in excess of the contribution limit established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 85301, as adjusted by the Commission pursuant to Section 83124. The contribution limit described in this section shall be the aggregate amount of contributions that a candidate may accept per contributor for the candidate’s controlled committees that are primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures, regardless of the number of such committees controlled by that candidate.

SEC. 2.

 Section 85305 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85305.
 (a)  A candidate for elective state, county, or city  state  office or committee controlled by that candidate shall not make a contribution to any other  another  candidate for elective state, county, or city office  state office or to a committee controlled by another candidate for elective office that is primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures  in excess of the limits set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 85301. This section does not apply in a jurisdiction in which the county or city imposes a limit on contributions  85301, as adjusted  pursuant to Section 85702.5. 83124. 
(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2021.

SEC. 3.

 Section 85305.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

85305.1.
 Notwithstanding any other provision of this title or Section 18680 of the Elections Code, a committee controlled by a candidate for elective office that is primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures shall not expend campaign funds to make a contribution or other transfer of campaign funds to a committee for a purpose other than supporting or opposing a ballot measure that the controlled committee was primarily formed to support or oppose.
SEC. 4.
 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. 5.
 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.