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AB-1146 Political Reform Act of 1974.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 27, 2012
Amended  IN  Senate  June 21, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 25, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1146


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Norby

February 18, 2011


An act to amend Sections 56100.1, 82036.5, 83124, 84101, 84103, 84108, 84202.3, 84202.7, 84203.3, 84203.5, 84204.5, 84211, 84216, 84216.5, 84300, 84304, 84308, 84602, 84604, 84605, 84609, 85304, 85306, 85310, 85315, 85316, 85501, 89510, 89511.5, and 89512.5 of, to repeal Sections 84200.6, 84202.5, 84203, 84205, 84209, 84220, 85301, 85302, 85303, 85305, 85307, 85309, 85314, and 85321 of, to repeal Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 84250) of Chapter 4 of Title 9 of, and to repeal and add Section 84200 of, the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1146, as amended, Norby. Political Reform Act of 1974.
The Political Reform Act of 1974 imposes various limitations on contributions that may be made to, or accepted by, candidates for elective office and campaign committees that support or oppose candidates and ballot measures, including, among other things, limiting the maximum dollar amount of contributions that may be accepted by candidates for elective state office, and limiting contributions to an officer of an agency from a party who has a financial interest in a permit or license proceeding before that agency. The act also prohibits a foreign government or foreign principal from making a contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure in connection with the qualification or support of, or opposition to, any state or local ballot measure.
This bill would repeal these limitations on contributions that may be made to, or accepted by, candidates for elective office. The bill would also repeal the prohibition against a foreign government or foreign principal from making a contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure in connection with the qualification or support of, or opposition to, any state or local ballot measure.
The act requires candidates and committees to file specified campaign finance reports, including semiannual statements, preelection statements, supplemental preelection statements, and late contribution reports, that include prescribed campaign finance information.
This bill would repeal the requirements to file certain of these reports, including the semiannual statements, the supplemental preelection statements, and the late contribution reports. This bill would require, in addition to filing preelection statements, that a candidate or committee who makes or receives a contribution of $200 or more report that contribution to specified filing officers within 24 hours of receiving the contribution. The bill would require a candidate or committee making the contribution to report his, her, or its full name and address, the full name and address of the recipient, the office sought by the candidate or the ballot measure number, as appropriate, and the date and the amount of the contribution. The bill would require the recipient of the contribution to report his, her, or its full name and address, the date and the amount of the contribution, whether the contribution is in the form of a loan, and the full name of the contributor, and his or her street address, occupation, and employer or the name of the business, if self-employed.
The bill would require a candidate or committee that makes an expenditure of $200 or more to report the expenditure to specified filing officers within 24 hours. The bill would require the candidate or committee making the expenditure to report his, her, or its full name and street address, the amount of the expenditure, the full name and street address for the person to whom the expenditure was made, and a brief description of the consideration for which the expenditure was made. The bill would require the disclosure of additional information if the expenditure is a contribution to a candidate, elected officer, or committee or an independent expenditure to support or oppose a candidate or measure.
The bill would require a candidate or committee who is required to report a contribution or expenditure to the Secretary of State to file that report online or by electronic transmission only, and would also require that a copy of the report be filed with the Commission by online or electronic transmission.
The act prohibits any contribution or expenditure of $100 or more from being made in cash. The act also prohibits anonymous contributions of $100 or more to a candidate, committee, or person. The act also establishes $100 as the threshold for reporting certain contributions and expenditures in certain campaign reports.
This bill would increase the threshold to $200 for cash contributions and expenditures, anonymous contributions, and the reporting of the above-mentioned contributions and expenditures.
The bill would also make conforming changes.
By increasing the duties of local government officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the act may be amended by a statute that becomes effective upon approval of the voters.
This bill would require the Secretary of State to submit the provisions of the bill that would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974 to the voters for approval at a statewide election, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (2 U.S.C. Sec. 431 et seq.), political committees for federal campaigns must disclose contributions having an aggregate amount, in a calendar year, of two hundred dollars ($200).
(b) The current one hundred dollar ($100) limit for anonymous contributions for California campaigns under the Political Reform Act of 1974 was established more than 30 years ago.
(c) An increase in the limit for anonymous contributions under the Political Reform Act of 1974 is necessary to maintain the limit at a level consistent with that set at the time the act was enacted.

SEC. 2.

 Section 56100.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:

56100.1.
 (a) Contributions and expenditures for political purposes related to a proposal or proceeding shall be disclosed and reported pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 84200) of Chapter 4 of the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000)).
(b) A commission may require, through the adoption of written policies and procedures, additional disclosure of contributions in support of or opposition to a proposal, which shall be made either to the commission’s executive officer, in which case it shall be posted on the commission’s Internet Web site, if applicable, or to the board of supervisors of the county in which the commission is located, which may designate a county officer to receive the disclosure. Disclosure pursuant to a requirement under the authority provided in this section shall be in addition to any disclosure otherwise required by Section 56700.1, 57009, or local ordinance.

SEC. 3.

 Section 82036.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

82036.5.
 “Late independent expenditure” means any independent expenditure that totals in the aggregate one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more and is made for or against any specific candidate or measure involved in an election within the 12 days before the date of the election. For purposes of the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Retirement Board, “the date of the election” is the deadline to return ballots.

SEC. 4.

 Section 83124 of the Government Code is amended to read:

83124.
 The Commission shall adjust the voluntary expenditure limitations provisions in Section 85400 in January of every odd-numbered year to reflect any increase or decrease in the Consumer Price Index. Those adjustments shall be rounded to the nearest one thousand dollars ($1,000).

SEC. 5.

 Section 84101 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84101.
 (a) A committee that is a committee by virtue of subdivision (a) of Section 82013 shall file a statement of organization. The committee shall file the original of the statement of organization with the Secretary of State and shall also file a copy of the statement of organization with the local filing officer, if any, with whom the committee is required to file the originals of its campaign reports pursuant to Section 84215. The original and copy of the statement of organization shall be filed within 10 days after the committee has qualified as a committee. The Secretary of State shall assign a number to each committee that files a statement of organization and shall notify the committee of the number. The Secretary of State shall send a copy of statements filed pursuant to this section to the county elections official of each county that he or she deems appropriate. A county elections official who receives a copy of a statement of organization from the Secretary of State pursuant to this section shall send a copy of the statement to the clerk of each city in the county that he or she deems appropriate.
(b) In addition to filing the statement of organization as required by subdivision (a), if a committee qualifies as a committee under subdivision (a) of Section 82013 within the 12 days before the date of an election in connection with which the committee is required to file campaign statements, the committee shall file, by facsimile transmission, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery within 24 hours of qualifying as a committee, the information required to be reported in the statement of organization. The information required by this subdivision shall be filed with the filing officer with whom the committee is required to file the originals of its campaign reports pursuant to Section 84215.
(c) If an independent expenditure committee qualifies as a committee pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013 during the time period described in Section 82036.5 and makes independent expenditures of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more to support or oppose a candidate or candidates for office, the committee shall file, by facsimile transmission, online transmission, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery within 24 hours of qualifying as a committee, the information required to be reported in the statement of organization. The information required by this section shall be filed with the filing officer with whom the committee is required to file the original of its campaign reports pursuant to Section 84215, and shall be filed at all locations required for the candidate or candidates supported or opposed by the independent expenditures. The filings required by this section are in addition to filings that may be required by Section 84204.
(d) For purposes of this section, in calculating whether one thousand dollars ($1,000) in contributions has been received, payments for a filing fee or for a statement of qualifications to appear in a sample ballot shall not be included if these payments have been made from the candidate’s personal funds.

SEC. 6.

 Section 84103 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84103.
 (a) Whenever there is a change in any of the information contained in a statement of organization, an amendment shall be filed within 10 days to reflect the change. The committee shall file the original of the amendment with the Secretary of State and shall also file a copy of the amendment with the local filing officer, if any, with whom the committee is required to file the originals of its campaign reports pursuant to Section 84215.
(b) In addition to filing an amendment to a statement of organization as required by subdivision (a), a committee as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 82013 shall, by facsimile transmission, online transmission, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery within 24 hours, notify the filing officer with whom it is required to file the originals of its campaign reports pursuant to Section 84215 when the change requiring the amendment occurs within the 12 days before the date of the election in connection with which the committee is required to file a campaign statement if any of the following information is changed:
(1) The name of the committee.
(2) The name of the treasurer or other principal officers.
(3) The name of any candidate or committee by which the committee is controlled or with which it acts jointly.
The notification shall include the changed information, the date of the change, the name of the person providing the notification, and the committee’s name and identification number.
A committee may file a notification online only if the appropriate filing officer is capable of receiving the notification in that manner.

SEC. 7.

 Section 84108 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84108.
 (a) Every slate mailer organization shall comply with the requirements of Sections 84100, 84101, 84103, and 84104.
(b) The statement of organization of a slate mailer organization shall include:
(1) The name, street address, and telephone number of the organization. In the case of an individual or business entity that qualifies as a slate mailer organization, the name of the slate mailer organization shall include the name by which the individual or entity is identified for legal purposes. Whenever identification of a slate mailer organization is required by this title, the identification shall include the full name of the slate mailer organization as contained in its statement of organization.
(2) The full name, street address, and telephone number of the treasurer and other principal officers.
(3) The full name, street address, and telephone number of each person with final decisionmaking authority as to which candidates or measures will be supported or opposed in the organization’s slate mailers.
(c) The statement of organization shall be filed with the Secretary of State within 10 days after the slate mailer organization receives or is promised five hundred dollars ($500) or more for producing one or more slate mailers. However, if an entity qualifies as a slate mailer organization within the 12 days before the date of an election in which it is required to file campaign statements, the slate mailer organization shall file with the Secretary of State, by facsimile transmission, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery within 24 hours of qualifying as a slate mailer organization, the information required to be reported in the statement of organization.

SEC. 8.

 Section 84200 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 9.

 Section 84200 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84200.
 (a) (1) Each candidate or committee that makes or receives a contribution of two hundred dollars ($200) or more shall report the contribution to each office with which the candidate or committee is required to file its statements pursuant to Section 84215 or 84218. The candidate or committee that makes the contribution shall report his or, her, or its full name and street address and the full name and street address of the person to whom the contribution has been made, the office sought if the recipient is a candidate, or the ballot measure number or letter if the recipient is a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a ballot measure, and the date and the amount of the contribution. The recipient of the contribution shall report his or, her, or its full name and street address, the date and the amount of the contribution, and whether the contribution was made in the form of a loan. The recipient shall also report the full name of the contributor, his or her street address, occupation, and the name of his or her employer, or if self-employed, the name of the business.
(2) A contribution need not be reported, nor shall it be deemed accepted, if it is not cashed, negotiated, or deposited and is returned to the contributor within 24 hours of its receipt.
(b) Each candidate or committee that makes an expenditure of two hundred dollars ($200) or more shall report the expenditure to each office with which the candidate or committee is required to file its statements pursuant to Section 84215 or 84218. The candidate or committee that makes the expenditure shall report his or, her, or its full name and street address, the amount of the expenditure, the full name and street address for the person to whom the expenditure was made, and a brief description of the consideration for which the expenditure was made. In the case of an expenditure that is a contribution to a candidate, elected officer, or committee or an independent expenditure to support or oppose a candidate or measure, the report shall also include the date of the contribution or independent expenditure, the cumulative amount of contributions made to the candidate, elected officer, or committee, or the cumulative amount of independent expenditures made relative to a candidate or measure, the full name of the candidate, and the office and district for which he or she seeks nomination or election, or the number or letter of the measure, and the jurisdiction in which the measure or candidate is voted upon.
(c) A contribution or expenditure shall be reported by facsimile transmission, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery within 24 hours of the time it is made in the case of the candidate or committee that makes the contribution or expenditure and within 24 hours of the time a contribution is received in the case of the recipient. If a contribution or expenditure is required to be reported to the Secretary of State, the report to the Secretary of State shall be by online or electronic transmission only, with a copy sent to the Commission by online electronic transmission.

SEC. 10.

 Section 84200.6 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 11.

 Section 84202.3 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84202.3.
 (a) In addition to the campaign statements required by Section 84200, committees pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013 that are primarily formed to support or oppose the qualification, passage, or defeat of a measure and proponents of a state ballot measure who control a committee formed or existing primarily to support the qualification, passage, or defeat of a state ballot measure, shall file campaign statements on the following dates:
(1) No later than April 30 for the period January 1 to March 31, inclusive.
(2) No later than October 31 for the period July 1 to September 30, inclusive.
(b) This section shall not apply to a committee following the election at which the measure is voted upon unless the committee makes contributions or expenditures to support or oppose the qualification or passage of another ballot measure.

SEC. 12.

 Section 84202.5 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 13.

 Section 84202.7 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84202.7.
 During an odd-numbered year, any committee by virtue of Section 82013 that makes contributions totaling ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more to elected state officers, their controlled committees, or committees primarily formed to support or oppose any elected state officer during a period specified below shall file campaign statements on the following dates:
(a) No later than April 30 for the period of January 1 to March 31, inclusive.
(b) No later than October 31 for the period of July 1 to September 30, inclusive.

SEC. 14.

 Section 84203 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 15.

 Section 84203.3 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84203.3.
 Any candidate or committee that makes a contribution that is an in-kind contribution shall notify the recipient in writing of the value of the in-kind contribution. The notice shall be received by the recipient within 24 hours of the time the contribution is made.

SEC. 16.

 Section 84203.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84203.5.
 (a) In addition to any campaign statements required by this article, if a candidate or committee has made independent expenditures totaling one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in a calendar year to support or oppose a candidate, a measure, or qualification of a measure, it shall file independent expenditure reports at the times prescribed by the Commission.
(b) An independent expenditure report shall contain the following information:
(1) The name, street address, and telephone number of the candidate or committee making the expenditure and of the committee’s treasurer, and the number assigned to the committee by the Secretary of State.
(2) If the report is related to a candidate, the full name of the candidate and the office and district for which the candidate seeks nomination or election. If the report is related to a measure or qualification of a measure, the number or letter of the measure, or if none has yet been assigned, a brief description of the subject matter of the measure, and the jurisdiction in which the measure is to be voted on or would be voted on if it qualified.
(3) The total amount of expenditures related to the candidate or measure during the period covered by the report made to persons who have received less than two hundred dollars ($200).
(4) The total amount of expenditures related to the candidate or measure during the period covered by the report made to persons who have received two hundred dollars ($200) or more.
(5) For each person to whom an expenditure of two hundred dollars ($200) or more related to the candidate or measure has been made during the period covered by the report and for each person who has provided consideration for an expenditure of two hundred dollars ($200) or more during the period covered by the report:
(A) His or her full name.
(B) His or her street address.
(C) If the person is a committee, the name of the committee, the number assigned to the committee by the Secretary of State, or if no number has been assigned, the full name and street address of the treasurer of the committee.
(D) The date of the expenditure.
(E) The amount of the expenditure.
(F) A brief description of the consideration for which each expenditure was made and the value of the consideration if less than the total amount of the expenditure.
(G) The cumulative amount of expenditures to the person.
(6) A list of all the filing officers with whom the committee filed its most recent campaign statement.
(c) Filing officers shall maintain paper reports filed pursuant to this section under the name of the candidate or measure supported or opposed by the independent expenditure.

SEC. 17.

 Section 84204.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84204.5.
 (a) In addition to any other report required by this title, a committee pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013 that is required to file reports pursuant to Section 84605 shall file online or electronically with the Secretary of State each time it makes independent expenditures totaling five thousand dollars ($5,000) or more to support or oppose the qualification or passage of a single state ballot measure. The report shall be filed within 10 business days of making the contributions or independent expenditures and shall contain all of the following:
(1) The full name, street address, and identification number of the committee.
(2) The number or letter of the measure if the measure has qualified for the ballot and has been assigned a number or letter; the title of the measure if the measure has not been assigned a number or letter but has been issued a title by the Attorney General; or the subject of the measure if the measure has not been assigned a number or letter and has not been issued a title by the Attorney General.
(3) The date, amount, and a description of the goods or services for which the expenditure was made. In addition, the report shall include the information required by paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (f) of Section 84211 regarding contributions or loans received from a person described in that subdivision, covering the period from the day after the closing date of the last campaign report filed to the date of the expenditure, or if the committee has not previously filed a campaign statement, covering the period from the previous January 1 to the date of the expenditure. No information described in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (f) of Section 84211 that is required to be reported pursuant to this subdivision is required to be reported in more than one report provided for in this subdivision for each contribution or loan received from a person described in subdivision (f) of Section 84211.
(b) Reports required by this section are not required to be filed by a committee primarily formed to support or oppose the qualification or passage of a state ballot measure for expenditures made on behalf of the ballot measure or measures for which it is formed.
(c) Independent expenditures that have been disclosed by a committee pursuant to Section 84204 or 85500 are not required to be disclosed pursuant to this section.

SEC. 18.

 Section 84205 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 19.

 Section 84209 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 20.

 Section 84211 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84211.
 Each statement required by Sections 84200.7, 84200.8, 84200.9, 84202.3, and 84202.7 shall contain all of the following information:
(a) The total amount of contributions received during the period covered by the campaign statement and the total cumulative amount of contributions received.
(b) The total amount of expenditures made during the period covered by the campaign statement and the total cumulative amount of expenditures made.
(c) The total amount of contributions received during the period covered by the campaign statement from persons who have given a cumulative amount of two hundred dollars ($200) or more.
(d) The total amount of contributions received during the period covered by the campaign statement from persons who have given a cumulative amount of less than two hundred dollars ($200).
(e) The balance of cash and cash equivalents on hand at the beginning and the end of the period covered by the campaign statement.
(f) If the cumulative amount of contributions (including loans) received from a person is two hundred dollars ($200) or more and a contribution or loan has been received from that person during the period covered by the campaign statement, all of the following:
(1) His or her full name.
(2) His or her street address.
(3) His or her occupation.
(4) The name of his or her employer, or if self-employed, the name of the business.
(5) The date and amount received for each contribution received during the period covered by the campaign statement and if the contribution is a loan, the interest rate for the loan.
(6) The cumulative amount of contributions.
(g) If the cumulative amount of loans received from or made to a person is two hundred dollars ($200) or more, and a loan has been received from or made to a person during the period covered by the campaign statement, or is outstanding during the period covered by the campaign statement, all of the following:
(1) His or her full name.
(2) His or her street address.
(3) His or her occupation.
(4) The name of his or her employer, or if self-employed, the name of the business.
(5) The original date and amount of each loan.
(6) The due date and interest rate of the loan.
(7) The cumulative payment made or received to date at the end of the reporting period.
(8) The balance outstanding at the end of the reporting period.
(9) The cumulative amount of contributions.
(h) For each person, other than the filer, who is directly, indirectly, or contingently liable for repayment of a loan received or outstanding during the period covered by the campaign statement, all of the following:
(1) His or her full name.
(2) His or her street address.
(3) His or her occupation.
(4) The name of his or her employer, or if self-employed, the name of the business.
(5) The amount of his or her maximum liability outstanding.
(i) The total amount of expenditures made during the period covered by the campaign statement to persons who have received two hundred dollars ($200) or more.
(j) The total amount of expenditures made during the period covered by the campaign statement to persons who have received less than two hundred dollars ($200).
(k) For each person to whom an expenditure of two hundred dollars ($200) or more has been made during the period covered by the campaign statement, all of the following:
(1) His or her full name.
(2) His or her street address.
(3) The amount of each expenditure.
(4) A brief description of the consideration for which each expenditure was made.
(5) In the case of an expenditure which is a contribution to a candidate, elected officer, or committee or an independent expenditure to support or oppose a candidate or measure, in addition to the information required in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, the date of the contribution or independent expenditure, the cumulative amount of contributions made to a candidate, elected officer, or committee, or the cumulative amount of independent expenditures made relative to a candidate or measure; the full name of the candidate, and the office and district for which he or she seeks nomination or election, or the number or letter of the measure; and the jurisdiction in which the measure or candidate is voted upon.
(6) The information required in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, for each person, if different from the payee, who has provided consideration for an expenditure of five hundred dollars ($500) or more during the period covered by the campaign statement.
For purposes of subdivisions (i), (j), and (k) only, the terms “expenditure” or “expenditures” mean any individual payment or accrued expense, unless it is clear from surrounding circumstances that a series of payments or accrued expenses are for a single service or product.
(l) In the case of a controlled committee, an official committee of a political party, or an organization formed or existing primarily for political purposes, the amount and source of any miscellaneous receipt.
(m) If a committee is listed pursuant to subdivision (f), (g), (h), (k), (l), or (q), the number assigned to the committee by the Secretary of State shall be listed, or if no number has been assigned, the full name and street address of the treasurer of the committee.
(n) In a campaign statement filed by a candidate who is a candidate in both a state primary and general election, his or her controlled committee, or a committee primarily formed to support or oppose such a candidate, the total amount of contributions received and the total amount of expenditures made for the period January 1 to June 30, inclusive, and the total amount of contributions received and expenditures made for the period July 1 to December 31, inclusive.
(o) The full name, residential or business address, and telephone number of the filer, or in the case of a campaign statement filed by a committee defined by subdivision (a) of Section 82013, the name, street address, and telephone number of the committee and of the committee treasurer. In the case of a committee defined by subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 82013, the name that the filer uses on campaign statements shall be the name by which the filer is identified for other legal purposes or any name by which the filer is commonly known to the public.
(p) If the campaign statement is filed by a candidate, the name, street address, and treasurer of any committee of which he or she has knowledge which has received contributions or made expenditures on behalf of his or her candidacy and whether the committee is controlled by the candidate.
(q) A contribution need not be reported nor shall it be deemed accepted if it is not cashed, negotiated, or deposited and is returned to the contributor before the closing date of the campaign statement on which the contribution would otherwise be reported.
(r) If a committee primarily formed for the qualification or support of, or opposition to, an initiative or ballot measure is required to report an expenditure to a business entity pursuant to subdivision (k) and 50 percent or more of the business entity is owned by a candidate or person controlling the committee, by an officer or employee of the committee, or by a spouse of any of these individuals, the committee’s campaign statement shall also contain, in addition to the information required by subdivision (k), that person’s name, the relationship of that person to the committee, and a description of that person’s ownership interest or position with the business entity.
(s) If a committee primarily formed for the qualification or support of, or opposition to, an initiative or ballot measure is required to report an expenditure to a business entity pursuant to subdivision (k), and a candidate or person controlling the committee, an officer or employee of the committee, or a spouse of any of these individuals is an officer, partner, consultant, or employee of the business entity, the committee’s campaign statement shall also contain, in addition to the information required by subdivision (k), that person’s name, the relationship of that person to the committee, and a description of that person’s ownership interest or position with the business entity.
(t) If the campaign statement is filed by a committee, as defined in subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 82013, information sufficient to identify the nature and interests of the filer, including:
(1) If the filer is an individual, the name and address of the filer’s employer, if any, or his or her principal place of business if the filer is self-employed, and a description of the business activity in which the filer or his or her employer is engaged.
(2) If the filer is a business entity, a description of the business activity in which it is engaged.
(3) If the filer is an industry, trade, or professional association, a description of the industry, trade, or profession which it represents, including a specific description of any portion or faction of the industry, trade, or profession which the association exclusively or primarily represents.
(4) If the filer is not an individual, business entity, or industry, trade, or professional association, a statement of the person’s nature and purposes, including a description of any industry, trade, profession, or other group with a common economic interest which the person principally represents or from which its membership or financial support is principally derived.

SEC. 21.

 Section 84216 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84216.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 82015, a loan received by a candidate or committee is a contribution unless the loan is received from a commercial lending institution in the ordinary course of business, or it is clear from the surrounding circumstances that it is not made for political purposes.
(b) A loan, whether or not there is a written contract for the loan, shall be reported as provided in Sections 84200 and 84211 when any of the following apply:
(1) The loan is a contribution.
(2) The loan is received by a committee.
(3) The loan is received by a candidate and is used for political purposes.

SEC. 22.

 Section 84216.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84216.5.
 A loan of campaign funds, whether or not there is a written contract for the loan, made by a candidate or committee shall be reported as provided in Sections 84200 and 84211.

SEC. 23.

 Section 84220 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 24.

 Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 84250) of Chapter 4 of Title 9 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 25.

 Section 84300 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84300.
 (a) No contribution of two hundred dollars ($200) or more shall be made or received in cash.
(b) No expenditure of two hundred dollars ($200) or more shall be made in cash.
(c) No contribution of two hundred dollars ($200) or more other than an in-kind contribution shall be made unless in the form of a written instrument containing the name of the donor and the name of the payee and drawn from the account of the donor or the intermediary, as defined in Section 84302.
(d) The value of all in-kind contributions of two hundred dollars ($200) or more shall be reported in writing to the recipient upon the request in writing of the recipient.

SEC. 26.

 Section 84304 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84304.
 No person shall make an anonymous contribution or contributions to a candidate, committee, or any other person totaling two hundred dollars ($200) or more in a calendar year. An anonymous contribution of two hundred dollars ($200) or more shall not be kept by the intended recipient but instead shall be promptly paid to the Secretary of State for deposit in the General Fund of the state.

SEC. 27.

 Section 84308 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84308.
 (a) The definitions set forth in this subdivision shall govern the interpretation of this section.
(1) “Party” means any person who files an application for, or is the subject of, a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use.
(2) “Participant” means any person who is not a party but who actively supports or opposes a particular decision in a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use and who has a financial interest in the decision, as described in Article 1 (commencing with Section 87100) of Chapter 7. A person actively supports or opposes a particular decision in a proceeding if he or she lobbies in person the officers or employees of the agency, testifies in person before the agency, or otherwise acts to influence officers of the agency.
(3) “Agency” means an agency as defined in Section 82003 except that it does not include the courts or any agency in the judicial branch of government, local governmental agencies whose members are directly elected by the voters, the Legislature, the State Board of Equalization, or constitutional officers. However, this section applies to any person who is a member of an exempted agency but is acting as a voting member of another agency.
(4) “Officer” means any elected or appointed officer of an agency, any alternate to an elected or appointed officer of an agency, and any candidate for elective office in an agency.
(5) “License, permit, or other entitlement for use” means all business, professional, trade, and land use licenses and permits and all other entitlements for use, including all entitlements for land use, all contracts (other than competitively bid, labor, or personal employment contracts), and all franchises.
(6) “Contribution” includes contributions to candidates and committees in federal, state, or local elections.
(b) Prior to rendering any decision in a proceeding involving a license, permit or other entitlement for use pending before an agency, each officer of the agency who received a contribution within the preceding 12 months in an amount of more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) from a party or from any participant shall disclose that fact on the record of the proceeding. No officer of an agency shall make, participate in making, or in any way attempt to use his or her official position to influence the decision in a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use pending before the agency if the officer has willfully or knowingly received a contribution in an amount of more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the preceding 12 months from a party or his or her agent, or from any participant, or his or her agent if the officer knows or has reason to know that the participant has a financial interest in the decision, as that term is described with respect to public officials in Article 1 (commencing with Section 87100) of Chapter 7.
If an officer receives a contribution that would otherwise require disqualification under this section, and returns the contribution within 30 days from the time he or she knows, or should have known, about the contribution and the proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use, he or she shall be permitted to participate in the proceeding.
(c) A party to a proceeding before an agency involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use shall disclose on the record of the proceeding any contribution in an amount of more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) made within the preceding 12 months by the party, or his or her agent, to any officer of the agency. No party, or his or her agent, to a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use pending before any agency and no participant, or his or her agent, in the proceeding shall make a contribution of more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) to any officer of that agency during the proceeding and for three months following the date a final decision is rendered by the agency in the proceeding. When a closed corporation is a party to, or a participant in, a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use pending before an agency, the majority shareholder is subject to the disclosure and prohibition requirements specified in subdivision (b) and this subdivision.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to imply that any contribution subject to being reported under this title shall not be so reported.

SEC. 28.

 Section 84602 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84602.
 To implement the Legislature’s intent, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Commission, notwithstanding any other provision of the Government Code, shall do all of the following:
(a) Develop online and electronic filing processes for use by persons and entities specified in Sections 84604 and 84605 that are required to file statements and reports with the Secretary of State’s office pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 84100) and Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 86100). Those processes shall each enable a user to comply with all the disclosure requirements of this title and shall include, at a minimum, the following:
(1) A means or method whereby filers subject to this chapter may submit required filings free of charge. Any means or method developed pursuant to this provision shall not provide any additional or enhanced functions or services that exceed the minimum requirements necessary to fulfill the disclosure provisions of this title. At least one means or method shall be made available no later than December 31, 2002.
(2) The definition of a nonproprietary standardized record format or formats using industry standards for the transmission of the data that is required of those persons and entities specified in subdivision (a) of Section 84604 and Section 84605 and that conforms with the disclosure requirements of this title. The Secretary of State shall hold public hearings prior to development of the record format or formats as a means to ensure that affected entities have an opportunity to provide input into the development process. The format or formats shall be made public no later than July 1, 1999, to ensure sufficient time to comply with the requirements of this chapter.
(b) Accept test files from software vendors and others wishing to file reports electronically, for the purpose of determining whether the file format is in compliance with the standardized record format developed pursuant to subdivision (a) and is compatible with the Secretary of State’s system for receiving the data. A list of the software and service providers who have submitted acceptable test files shall be published by the Secretary of State and made available to the public. Acceptably formatted files shall be submitted by a filer in order to meet the requirements of this chapter.
(c) Develop a system that provides for the online or electronic transfer of the data specified in this section utilizing telecommunications technology that assures the integrity of the data transmitted and that creates safeguards against efforts to tamper with or subvert the data.
(d) Make all the data filed available on the Internet in an easily understood format that provides the greatest public access. The data shall be made available free of charge and as soon as possible after receipt. All contribution reports and late independent expenditure reports shall be made available on the Internet within 24 hours of receipt. The data made available on the Internet shall not contain the street name and building number of the persons or entity representatives listed on the electronically filed forms or any bank account number required to be disclosed pursuant to this title.
(e) Develop a procedure for filers to comply with the requirement that they sign under penalty of perjury pursuant to Section 81004.
(f) Maintain all filed data online for 10 years after the date it is filed, and then archive the information in a secure format.
(g) Provide assistance to those seeking public access to the information.
(h) Implement sufficient technology to seek to prevent unauthorized alteration or manipulation of the data.
(i) Provide the Commission with necessary information to enable it to assist agencies, public officials, and others, with the compliance with and administration of this title.
(j) Report to the Legislature on the implementation and development of the online and electronic filing and disclosure requirements of this chapter. The report shall include an examination of system security, private security issues, software availability, compliance costs to filers, use of the filing system and software provided by the Secretary of State, and other issues relating to this chapter, and shall recommend appropriate changes if necessary. In preparing the report, the Commission may present to the Secretary of State and the Legislature its comments regarding this chapter as it relates to the duties of the Commission and suggest appropriate changes if necessary. There shall be one report due before the system is operational as set forth in Section 84603, one report due no later than June 1, 2002, and one report due no later than January 31, 2003.
(k) Review the current filing and disclosure requirements of this chapter and report to the Legislature, no later than June 1, 2005, recommendations on revising these requirements so as to promote greater reliance on electronic and online submissions.

SEC. 29.

 Section 84604 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84604.
 (a) The Secretary of State shall implement an online or electronic disclosure program in connection with the 2000 state primary election and the lobbying activities specified in paragraph (4). Entities specified in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) shall commence online or electronic disclosure with the first preelection statement filed in connection with the 2000 statewide direct primary election for the period ending January 22, 2000, and shall continue to disclose online or electronically all required reports and statements up to and including the semiannual statement for the period ending June 30, 2000. Entities specified in paragraph (4) shall commence online or electronic disclosure with the quarterly report for the period ending March 31, 2000, and shall continue to disclose online or electronically all required reports and statements up to and including the quarterly report for the period ending June 30, 2000. The entities subject to this section are the following:
(1) Any candidate, including appellate court and Supreme Court candidates and officeholders, committee, or other persons who are required, pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 84100), to file statements, reports, or other documents in connection with a state elective office or state measure appearing on the 2000 statewide direct primary ballot, provided that the total cumulative reportable amount of contributions received, expenditures made, loans made, or loans received is one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more. For the purpose of cumulating totals, the period covered shall commence January 1, 1999.
(2) Any general purpose committees, as defined in Section 82027.5, including the general purpose committees of political parties, and small contributor committees, as defined in Section 85203, that cumulatively receive contributions or make expenditures totaling one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more to support or oppose candidates for any elective state office or state measure appearing on the 2000 statewide direct primary ballot. For the purpose of cumulating totals, the period covered shall commence January 1, 1999.
(3) Any slate mailer organization with cumulative reportable payments received or made for the purposes of producing slate mailers of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more in connection with the 2000 statewide direct primary election. For the purpose of cumulating totals, the period covered shall commence January 1, 1999.
(4) Any lobbyist, lobbying firm, lobbyist employer, or other persons required, pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 86100), to file statements, reports, or other documents, provided that the total amount of any category of reportable payments, expenses, contributions, gifts, or other items is one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more in a calendar quarter.
(b) Filers specified in subdivision (a) shall also continue to file required disclosure forms in paper format. The paper copy shall continue to be the official version for audit and other legal purposes. Committees and other persons that are not required to file online or electronically by this section may do so voluntarily.
(c) The Secretary of State shall also disclose on the Internet any contribution report or late independent expenditure report not covered by subdivision (a).
(d) It shall be presumed that online or electronic filers file under penalty of perjury.

SEC. 30.

 Section 84605 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84605.
 (a) The following persons shall file online or electronically with the Secretary of State:
(1) Any candidate, including superior court, appellate court, and Supreme Court candidates and officeholders, committee, or other persons who are required, pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 84100), to file statements, reports, or other documents in connection with a state elective office or state measure, provided that the total cumulative reportable amount of contributions received, expenditures made, loans made, or loans received is twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or more. In determining the cumulative reportable amount, all controlled committees, as defined by Section 82016, shall be included. For a committee subject to this title prior to January 1, 2000, the beginning date for calculating cumulative totals is January 1, 2000. For a committee that is first subject to this title on or after January 1, 2000, the beginning date for calculating cumulative totals is the date the committee is first subject to this title. A committee, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 82013, shall file online or electronically if it makes contributions of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or more in a calendar year.
(2) Any general purpose committees, as defined in Section 82027.5, including the general purpose committees of political parties, and small contributor committees, as defined in Section 85203, that cumulatively receive contributions or make expenditures totaling twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or more to support or oppose candidates for any elective state office or state measure. For a committee subject to this title prior to January 1, 2000, the beginning date for calculating cumulative totals is January 1, 2000. For a committee that first is subject to this title on or after January 1, 2000, the beginning date for calculating cumulative totals is the date the committee is first subject to this title.
(3) Any slate mailer organization with cumulative reportable payments received or made for the purposes of producing slate mailers of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) or more. For a slate mailer organization subject to this title prior to January 1, 2000, the beginning date for calculating cumulative totals is January 1, 2000. For a slate mailer organization that first is subject to this title on or after January 1, 2000, the beginning date for calculating cumulative totals is the date the organization is first subject to this title.
(4) Any lobbyist, lobbying firm, lobbyist employer, or other persons required, pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 86100), to file statements, reports, or other documents, provided that the total amount of any category of reportable payments, expenses, contributions, gifts, or other items is two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) or more in a calendar quarter.
(b) The Secretary of State shall also disclose on the Internet any contribution report or late independent expenditure report not covered by paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subdivision (a) or any other provision of law.
(c) Committees and other persons that are not required to file online or electronically by this section may do so voluntarily.
(d) Once a person or entity is required to file online or electronically, subject to subdivision (a) or (c), the person or entity shall be required to file all subsequent reports online or electronically.
(e) It shall be presumed that online or electronic filers file under penalty of perjury.
(f) Persons filing online or electronically shall also continue to file required disclosure statements and reports in paper format. The paper copy shall continue to be the official filing for audit and other legal purposes until the Secretary of State, pursuant to Section 84606, determines the system is operating securely and effectively.
(g) The Secretary of State shall maintain at all times a secured, official version of all original online and electronically filed statements and reports required by this chapter. Upon determination by the Secretary of State, pursuant to Section 84606, that the system is operating securely and effectively, this online or electronic version shall be the official version for audit and other legal purposes.
(h) Except for statements related to a local elective office or a local ballot measure filed by a candidate for local elective office who is also a candidate for elective state office, a copy of a statement, report, or other document filed by online or electronic means with the Secretary of State shall not be filed with a local filing officer.

SEC. 31.

 Section 84609 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84609.
 All candidates and ballot measure committees who are required, pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 84100), to file statements, reports, or other documents in connection with a statewide elective office or state measure appearing on the November 1998 ballot shall provide at the time of filing, in addition to a paper submission, a copy of the required report on computer disk in either an ASCII or PDF format with documentation detailing the field layout or file structure. Filers who submit computer disks which are not readable, cannot be copied, or do not have documentation have not complied with the requirements of this section. Candidate and ballot measure committees who make their report available on the Internet through the Secretary of State’s office are not required to file the report on computer disk. The Secretary of State shall make copies available to the public, upon payment of fees covering direct costs of duplication, or a statutory fee, if applicable. The Secretary of State shall also disclose online any contribution report or late independent expenditure report filed in connection with any elective state office or ballot measure appearing on the November 1998 ballot.

SEC. 32.

 Section 85301 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 33.

 Section 85302 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 34.

 Section 85303 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 35.

 Section 85304 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85304.
 (a) A candidate for elective state office or an elected state officer may establish a separate account to defray attorney’s fees and other related legal costs incurred for the candidate’s or officer’s legal defense if the candidate or officer is subject to one or more civil or criminal proceedings or administrative proceedings arising directly out of the conduct of an election campaign, the electoral process, or the performance of the officer’s governmental activities and duties. These funds may be used only to defray those attorney’s fees and other related legal costs.
(b) All contributions shall be reported in the manner prescribed by Section 84200.
(c) Once the legal dispute is resolved, the candidate shall dispose of any funds remaining after all expenses associated with the dispute are discharged for one or more of the purposes set forth in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (b) of Section 89519.

SEC. 36.

 Section 85305 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 37.

 Section 85306 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85306.
 (a) A candidate may transfer campaign funds from one controlled committee to a controlled committee for elective state office of the same candidate. Contributions transferred shall be attributed to specific contributors using a “last in, first out” or “first in, first out” accounting method.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a candidate for elective state office, other than a candidate for statewide elective office, who possesses campaign funds on January 1, 2001, may use those funds to seek elective office without attributing the funds to specific contributors.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a candidate for statewide elective office who possesses campaign funds on November 6, 2002, may use those funds to seek elective office without attributing the funds to specific contributors.

SEC. 38.

 Section 85307 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 39.

 Section 85309 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 40.

 Section 85310 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85310.
 (a) Any person who makes a payment or a promise of payment totaling fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more for a communication that clearly identifies a candidate for elective state office, but does not expressly advocate the election or defeat of the candidate, and that is disseminated, broadcast, or otherwise published within 45 days of an election, shall file online or electronically with the Secretary of State a report disclosing the name of the person, address, occupation, and employer, and amount of the payment. The report shall be filed within 48 hours of making the payment or the promise to make the payment.
(b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), if any person has received a payment or a promise of a payment from other persons totaling five thousand dollars ($5,000) or more for the purpose of making a communication described in subdivision (a), the person receiving the payments shall disclose on the report the name, address, occupation and employer, and date and amount received from the person.
(2) A person who receives or is promised a payment that is otherwise reportable under paragraph (1) is not required to report the payment if the person is in the business of providing goods or services and receives or is promised the payment for the purpose of providing those goods or services.

SEC. 41.

 Section 85314 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 42.

 Section 85315 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85315.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, an elected state officer may establish a committee to oppose the qualification of a recall measure, and the recall election. This committee may be established when the elected state officer receives a notice of intent to recall pursuant to Section 11021 of the Elections Code. An elected state officer may accept campaign contributions to oppose the qualification of a recall measure, and if qualification is successful, the recall election. The voluntary expenditure limits do not apply to expenditures made to oppose the qualification of a recall measure or to oppose the recall election.
(b) After the failure of a recall petition or after the recall election, the committee formed by the elected state officer shall wind down its activities and dissolve. Any remaining funds shall be treated as surplus funds and shall be expended within 30 days after the failure of the recall petition or after the recall election for a purpose specified in subdivision (b) of Section 89519.

SEC. 43.

 Section 85316 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85316.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), a contribution for an election may be accepted by a candidate for elective state office after the date of the election only to the extent that the contribution does not exceed net debts outstanding from the election.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), an elected state officer may accept contributions after the date of the election for the purpose of paying expenses associated with holding the office provided that the contributions are not expended for any contribution to any state or local committee. Contributions received pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited into a bank account established solely for the purposes specified in this subdivision.
(1) No person shall make, and no elected state officer shall receive from a person, a contribution pursuant to this subdivision totaling more than the following amounts per calendar year:
(A) Three thousand dollars ($3,000) in the case of an elected state officer of the Assembly or Senate.
(B) Five thousand dollars ($5,000) in the case of a statewide elected state officer other than the Governor.
(C) Twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) in the case of the Governor.
(2) No elected state officer shall receive contributions pursuant to paragraph (1) that, in the aggregate, total more than the following amounts per calendar year:
(A) Fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) in the case of an elected state officer of the Assembly or Senate.
(B) One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) in the case of a statewide elected state officer other than the Governor.
(C) Two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) in the case of the Governor.
(c) Any contribution received pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be a contribution to that candidate for election to any state office that he or she may seek during the term of office to which he or she is currently elected, including, but not limited to, reelection to the office he or she currently holds. None of the expenditures made by elected state officers pursuant to this subdivision shall be subject to the voluntary expenditure limitations in Section 85400.

SEC. 44.

 Section 85321 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 45.

 Section 85501 of the Government Code is amended to read:

85501.
 A controlled committee of a candidate may not make independent expenditures to support or oppose other candidates.

SEC. 46.

 Section 89510 of the Government Code is amended to read:

89510.
 All contributions deposited into the campaign account shall be deemed to be held in trust for expenses associated with the election of the candidate or for expenses associated with holding office.

SEC. 47.

 Section 89511.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

89511.5.
 (a) An incumbent elected officer may utilize his or her personal funds for expenditures authorized by Section 89510 without first depositing those funds in his or her controlled committee’s campaign bank account, if both of the following conditions are met:
(1) The expenditures are not campaign expenses.
(2) The treasurer of the committee is provided with a dated receipt and a written description of the expenditure.
(b) An incumbent elected officer may be reimbursed for expenditures of his or her personal funds, from either the controlled committee campaign bank account established pursuant to Section 85201 with respect to election to the incumbent term of office, or from a controlled committee campaign bank account established pursuant to Section 85201 with respect to election to a future term of office, if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The expenditures are not campaign expenses.
(2) The incumbent elected officer, prior to reimbursement, provides the treasurer of the committee with a dated receipt and a written description of each expenditure.
(3) Reimbursement is paid within 90 days of the expenditure, in the case of a cash expenditure, or within 90 days of the end of the billing period in which it was included, in the case of an expenditure charged to a credit card or charge account.
(c) When the elected officer’s controlled committee is notified that expenditures totaling one hundred dollars ($100) or more in a fiscal year have been made by the incumbent elected officer, the committee shall report, pursuant to subdivision (k) of Section 84211, the expenditures on the campaign statement for the period in which the expenditures were made and the reimbursements on the campaign statement for the period in which the reimbursements were made.
(d) If reimbursement is not paid within the time authorized by this section, the expenditure shall be reported on the campaign statement as a nonmonetary contribution received on the 90th day after the expenditure is paid, in the case of a cash expenditure, or within 90 days of the end of the billing period in which it was included, in the case of an expenditure charged to a credit card or charge account.
(e) This section shall not be construed to authorize an incumbent elected officer to make expenditures from any campaign bank account for expenses other than those expenses associated with his or her election to the specific office for which the account was established and expenses associated with holding that office.

SEC. 48.

 Section 89512.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

89512.5.
 (a) Subject to the provisions of subdivision (b), any expenditure by a committee not subject to the trust imposed by Section 89510 shall be reasonably related to a political, legislative, or governmental purpose of the committee.
(b) Any expenditure by a committee that confers a substantial personal benefit on any individual or individuals with authority to approve the expenditure of campaign funds held by the committee, shall be directly related to a political, legislative, or governmental purpose of the committee.

SEC. 49.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII  B of the California Constitution because the duties imposed on a local agency or school district by this act were expressly included in a ballot measure approved by the voters in a statewide election, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.

SEC. 50.

 The Secretary of State shall, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 81012 of the Government Code, submit Sections 3 to 48, inclusive, of this act to the voters for approval at a statewide election in accordance with Section 9040 of the Elections Code.

SEC. 51.

 Sections 1 and 2 of this act shall not become operative unless and until the voters approve the amendments to the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000) of the Government Code) made by Sections 3 to 48, inclusive, of this act, at the statewide election described in Section 50.