Expedited Bill No.
25-17
Concerning: Elections- Public Campaign
Financing - Amendments
Revised: June
26, 2017
Draft No.
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Introduced:
July
11, 2017
Enacted:
July
25, 2017
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FO R MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmember Navarro, Vice President Riem er and
Councilmembers Katz and
Eirich
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(1)
perm it a candidate to correct a mistake in an application for certificatio
n within a
certain time;
(2)
clarify that a candidate may receive a matching public contribution durin
g the general
election for certain unmatched qualifying contributions received durin
g the prim ary
election;
(3)
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 mista
kenly received;
and
(4)
generally amend the law concerning public campaign financing for Coun
ty elections.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 16, Elections
Section 16-22 and 16-23
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following
Act:
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EXPEDITED BILL NO.
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Sec.
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Sections 16-22 and 16-23 are amended as follows:
The Board must certify an applicant candidate if the Boar d finds that the
candidate has received the required number of qualifying contributions
and the required aggregate total dollars for the office no later than 10
business days after receiving:
(1)
a declaration from the candidate agreeing to follow the regulations
governing the use of a public contribution;
(2)
a campaign finance report that includes:
(A)
(B)
a list of each qualifying contribution received;
a list of each expenditure made by the candidate during the
qualifying period; and
(C)
the
receipt
associated
with
each
contribution and
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16-22. Board determination.
(a)
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expenditure; and
(3)
(b)
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a certificate of candidacy for a covered office.
The decision by the Boar d whether to certify a candidate is final.
A candidate may submit only one application for certification for any
election. A candidate may correct any mistakes in the application for
certification within the earlier of:
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d)
10 business days after receiving notice that the Board denied the
application; or
the end of the qualifying period.
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If the Board certifies a candidate, the Boar d mus t authorize the Director
to disburse a public contribution to the cand idate 's publicly funded
campaign account.
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16-23. Distribution of public contribution.
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A participating candidate mus t subm it a receipt for each qualifying
contribution to the Boar d to receive a public contribution. The Dire ctor
must deposit the appropriate public contribution into a participating
cand idate 's publicly funded camp aign account within 3 business days
after the Boar d authorizes the public contribution.
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(i)
A candidate may receive
£
matc hing public contribution durin g the
general election for an unm atch ed qualifying contribution received
during the primary election after the candidate has received the max imum
public contribution for the prim ary election if the candidate is otherwise
eligible to receive matching public contributions during the general
election.
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If the Dire ctor mistakenly distributes
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public contribution to
£
candidate
greater than the candidate was entitled to receive, the candidate mus t
repay the funds mistakenly distributed within
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business days after bein g
notified of the mistake. Any unsp ent funds returned to the Coun ty after
an election may be used as
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credit against any repayment requ ired for
£
public contribution mistakenly received.
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Consumer Price Index adjustment.
The Chie f Administrative Officer
mus t adjust the public contribution limits established in Subsection (a)(3)
and the eligible contribution limit established in Subsection ( c), effective
July 1, 2018, and July 1 of each subsequent fourth year, by the annual
average increase, if any, in the Cons ume r Price Index for the prev ious 4
calendar years. The Chie f Administrative Officer mus t calculate the
adjustment to the nearest multiple of 10 dollars, and mus t publ ish the
amo unt of this adjustment not later than Marc h 1 of each fourth year.
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Sec. 2.
Expedited Effective Date.
The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the imm edia te
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protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date on which it becomes
law.
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EXPEDITED BILL NO.
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Approved:
Roger
Approved:
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Date
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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