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SB-714 Democratic Party: county central committees: appointment and election.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/27/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 27, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 25, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 714


Introduced by Senator Caballero

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 7209 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 714, as amended, Caballero. Democratic Party: county central committees: appointment and election.
Existing law provides procedures for the election or appointment of members of county central committees of the Democratic Party. Existing law provides that a person is not eligible for appointment or election to a committee if the person is not registered as affiliated with the party at the time of the appointment or election. Existing law requires an elections official to attach a certificate to the declaration of candidacy for a person who seeks membership on a county central committee that certifies the person’s eligibility for such membership.
This bill would instead provide that a person is not eligible for appointment or election if the person does not have recognized affiliation, as defined by the party. The bill would require the party to provide information regarding eligibility requirements to appropriate elections officials. The bill would require the elections official to provide a certificate to the declaration of candidacy for a person who meets those eligibility requirements but who cannot register to vote and express a party preference. By increasing the duties of local elections officials relative to determining the eligibility of candidates for county central committees, the 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NOYES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 7209 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

7209.
 (a) A person is not eligible for appointment or election to a committee who does not have recognized affiliation, as defined by this party, at the time of the person’s appointment or election.
(b) The party shall provide information regarding eligibility requirements to the appropriate elections officials.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, the elections official shall provide a certificate attached to the declaration of candidacy, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 8001 of the Elections Code, that certifies the eligibility of a person seeking election to a committee if the person is unable to register to vote and express a party preference and satisfies the eligibility requirements described in subdivision (a). The certificate shall state that the candidate meets those eligibility requirements.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.