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Bill Detail: HB19-1195

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Title Restrict Election Communications County Candidates
Status House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/14/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
  • Local Government
House Sponsors K. Mullica (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/20/2019
Description

Section 1 of the bill prohibits a candidate for county elected office
from sending any mass communication within 60 days immediately prior
to the date of any primary, general, or special election in which the name
of the candidate is on the ballot.
The bill defines mass communication to mean any form of
communication containing substantially identical content that is

broadcast, mailed, delivered, or distributed by a candidate for county
elected office at public expense, whether all of the communication is sent
at the same time or on separate occasions, to:
  • 500 or more persons where the population of the county
exceeds 50,000 permanent residents; or
  • 150 or more persons where the population of the county is
50,000 permanent residents or less.
The bill exempts certain forms of communication by a candidate
for county elected office from the definition of mass communication.
The bill also contains additional restrictions applicable to such mass
communication regardless of the date when the communication is
broadcast, mailed, delivered, or distributed.
The bill does not affect the ability of a candidate for county elected
office to broadcast, print, mail, deliver, or distribute to the fullest extent
provided by law any form of communication that is paid for by a
candidate committee established in his or her own name.
Section 2 prohibits any reference to the county clerk and recorder
in any document included within a mail ballot packet from identifying the
name of the particular individual serving as county clerk and recorder at
the time of the election.

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