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Expedited Bill No.
Concerning: Elections - Public Campaign
Financing - Amendments
Revised: June
26, 2017
Draft No.
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July
11, 2017
Introduced:
July
25, 2017
Enacted:
August
1, 2017
Executive:
August
1, 2017
Effective:
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2017
Ch. ~ . Laws of Mont. Co.
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmember Navarro, Vice President Riemer and Councilmembers Katz and
Elrich
AN EXPE DITED ACT
to:
permit a candidate to correct a mistake in an application for certification within a
(1)
certain time;
clarify that a candidate may receive a matching public contribution during the general
(2)
election for certain unmatched qualifying contributions received during the primary
election;
permit a candidate to use unspent funds returned to the County after an election as a
(3)
credit against any repayment required for a public contribution mistakenly received;
and
generally amend the law concerning public campaign financing for County elections.
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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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Sec.
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Sections 16-22 and 16-23 are amended as follows:
16-22. Board determination.
(a)
The Board must certify an applicant candidate if the Board 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:
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a declaration from the candidate agreeing to follow the regulations
governing the use of a public contribution;
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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
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the receipt
associated with
each contribution and
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expenditure; and
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a certificate of candidacy for a covered office.
The decision by the Board 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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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 Board must authorize the Director
to disburse a public contribution to the candidate's publicly funded
campaign account.
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16-23. Distribution of public contribution.
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(h)
A participating candidate must submit a receipt for each qualifying
contribution to the Board to receive a public contribution. The Director
must deposit the appropriate public contribution into a participating
candidate's publicly funded campaign account within 3 business days
after the Board authorizes the public contribution.
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(i)
A candidate may receive
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matching public contribution during the
general election for an unmatched qualifying contribution received
during the primary election after the candidate has received the maximum
public contribution for the primary election if the candidate is otherwise
eligible to receive matching public contributions during the general
election.
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the Director mistakenly distributes
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public contribution to
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candidate
greater than the candidate was entitled to receive, the candidate must
repay the funds mistakenly distributed within
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business days after being
notified of the mistake. Any unspent funds returned to the County after
an election may be used as
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credit against any repayment required for
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public contribution mistakenly received.
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Consumer Price Index adjustment.
The Chief Administrative Officer
must 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 Consumer Price Index for the previous 4
calendar years. The Chief Administrative Officer must calculate the
adjustment to the nearest multiple of 10 dollars, and must publish the
amount of this adjustment not later than March 1 of each fourth year.
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Expedited Effective Date.
The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
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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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Approved:
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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