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SB-665 Elections: ballot measures.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/28/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 665


Introduced by Senator Moorlach

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section Sections 9166 and 9287 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 665, as amended, Moorlach. Elections: ballot measures.
Under existing law, whenever a county measure qualifies for the ballot, the board of supervisors or any member or members of the board, or an individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or bona fide association of citizens, or a combination of these voters and associations, may file a written argument for or against the measure. If more than one of these entities or individuals submits an argument, existing law directs the county elections official to select the argument to be printed and distributed based on the identity of the author or authors, which existing law prioritizes as specified. Existing law similarly specifies that if the legislative body of a city places a measure on the ballot, that legislative body, or a member or members of the legislative body authorized by that body, or an individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or bona fide association of citizens, or a combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument for or against the city measure. If more than one of these entities or individuals submits an argument, existing law directs the city elections official to select the argument to be printed and distributed based on the identity of the author or authors, which existing law prioritizes as specified.
This bill would require an organization or association submitting an argument for or against a county or city measure to also submit additional information to the county appropriate elections official to enable the county elections official that official to determine if it qualifies as a bona fide association of citizens.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 9166 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

9166.
 (a) If more than one argument for or more than one argument against any county measure is submitted to the county elections official within the time prescribed, the county elections official shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters. In selecting the argument argument, the county elections official shall give preference and priority in the order named to the arguments of the following:
(1) The board of supervisors or a member or members of the board.
(2) The individual voter, or bona fide association of citizens, or combination of voters and associations, who are the bona fide sponsors or proponents of the measure.
(3) Bona fide associations of citizens.
(4) Individual voters who are eligible to vote on the measure.
(b) In order to enable the county elections official to determine whether it qualifies as a bona fide association of citizens, an organization or association submitting an argument for or against a county measure shall submit with its argument a copy of one of the following:
(1) Its articles of incorporation.
(2) Letterhead containing the name of the organization and its principal officers.
(3) If the organization or association is a primary primarily formed committee established to support or oppose the measure, its statement of organization filed pursuant to Section 84101 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 9287 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

9287.
 If more than one argument for or more than one argument against any city measure is submitted to the city elections official within the time prescribed, he or she shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against the measure for printing and distribution to the voters. In selecting the argument argument, the city elections official shall give preference and priority, in the order named, to the arguments of the following:
(a) The legislative body, or member or members of the legislative body authorized by that body.
(b) The individual voter, or bona fide association of citizens, or combination of voters and associations, who are the bona fide sponsors or proponents of the measure.
(c) Bona fide associations of citizens.
(d) Individual voters who are eligible to vote on the measure.
(e) In order to enable the city elections official to determine whether it qualifies as a bona fide association of citizens, an organization or association submitting an argument for or against a city measure shall submit with its argument a copy of one of the following:
(1) Its articles of incorporation.
(2) Letterhead containing the name of the organization and its principal officers.
(3) If the organization or association is a primarily formed committee established to support or oppose the measure, its statement of organization filed pursuant to Section 84101 of the Government Code.