July 20, 2017
July 18, 2017
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Expedited Bill 25-17, Elections - Public Campaign Financing -
Expedited Bill 25-17, Elections - Public Campaign Financing - Amendments, sponsored
by Councilmember Navarro, Vice President Riemer, and Councilmembers Katz, and Eirich, was
introduced on July 11. A public hearing was held on July 18.
Bill 25-17 would:
permit a candidate to correct a mistake in an application for certification within a
clarify that a candidate may receive a matching public contribution during the
general election for certain unmatched qualifying contributions received during the
primary election; and
permit a candidate to use unspent funds returned to the County after an election as
a credit against any repayment required for a public contribution mistakenly
Bill 16-14, Elections - Public Campaign Financing, was enacted on September 30, 2014
and signed into law on October 6, 2014. Bill 16-14 established the first public campaign finance
system for County elections in Maryland.
The law designates the Maryland State Board of
Elections to certify candidates and generally administer the public campaign financing system.
The Director of Finance is responsible for establishing a Public Election Fund and distributing the
public contributions to certified candidates. The Council has appropriated approximately $11
million to date for the Public Election Fund.
A candidate needs to obtain a specific number of small contributions from a County
resident of between $5 and $150 to qualify for public funding. Each of these qualifying
On July 3, 2017, the Howard County Council overrode the Executive's veto of a public campaign financing law that
will take effect for the 2022 elections.