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Bill Detail: HB21-1240

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Title Disclaimers In Communications Independent Expenditures
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs (03/23/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors M. Baisley (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/23/2021
Summary

The bill modifies existing disclaimer statement requirements that
must accompany any communication that is broadcast, printed, mailed,
or delivered; placed on a website, streaming media service, or online
forum for a fee; or that is otherwise distributed, that constitutes an
independent expenditure made in excess of $1,000.
Under current law, the disclaimer statement must identify a natural

person who is the registered agent of the person paying for the
communication if the person paying is not a natural person. The bill
eliminates the requirement that this information be included in the
disclaimer statement and instead requires that the information be provided
to the appropriate officer as part of an existing written notice to be
submitted by the person expending money for the independent
expenditure.
In the case of a nonbroadcast communication, including an online
communication, such as campaign yard signs, campaign poster signs, and
campaign billboard signs, the bill requires the secretary of state, by rule,
to establish size and placement requirements for the disclaimer statement.
The rules must allow a disclaimer statement to be of a sufficient type size
to be clearly readable by the recipient of the communication. In addition,
the rules must also specify that the maximum font size of the disclaimer
must not exceed the requirements applicable to such disclaimers in
campaigns for federal elected office as promulgated by the federal
election commission.

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