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AB-894 Candidates’ statements: false statements.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 16, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 03, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 894


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Section 18351 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 894, as amended, Frazier. Candidates’ statements: false statements.
Existing law permits a candidate for nonpartisan elective office, and an officer whose recall is being sought, to file with the elections official a candidate’s statement that includes a brief description of the candidate’s education and qualifications. Existing law requires an elections official to include in the county voter information guide a candidate’s statement from a candidate for nonpartisan elective office and from an officer whose recall is being sought. Existing law prohibits a candidate for nonpartisan elective office, or an incumbent in a recall election, to knowingly make a false statement of material fact in the candidate’s statement with the intent to mislead the voters in connection with his or her campaign for nomination or election to an office. Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000.
This bill would increase the maximum fine amount to $10,000. $5,000.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 18351 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

18351.
 It is unlawful for a candidate in an election, or an incumbent in a recall election, to knowingly make a false statement of a material fact in a candidate’s statement, prepared pursuant to Section 11327 or 13307, with the intent to mislead the voters in connection with his or her campaign for nomination or election to a nonpartisan office. A candidate or incumbent who is convicted of violating this section shall pay a fine not to exceed ten five thousand dollars ($10,000). ($5,000).