SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

April 17, 2003                                                                                                      Hearing Room 343

3:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 38 - 39

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Kate Brown, Co-chair, Presiding

Sen.  Bev Clarno, Co-chair

Sen.  Jason Atkinson, Vice-chair

Sen. Ginny Burdick, Vice-chair

Sen. Roger Beyer

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Tony Corcoran

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Pam Cox, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Introduction of Committee Measures – Work Session

SB 457 – Work Session

SB 379 – Work Session

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 38, A

005

Co-chair Brown

Calls committee meeting to order at 3:11 p.m.  Opens a work session for the purpose of introducing committee measures.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES

006

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes draft.

007

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves LC 3543 BE INTRODUCED as a committee bill.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Corcoran

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

008

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session for measure introduction and opens a work session on SB 457.

SB 457 – WORK SESSION

013

Sen. Richard Devlin

District 19.  Testifies in favor of SB 457, which modifies number of signatures required on petition to request municipal audit.  Describes -1 amendments dated 4-3-03 (EXHIBIT A) and -2 amendments dated
4-9-03 (EXHIBIT B).  Explains the amount of signatures required for an annual audit, taking away the discretion from the Secretary of State, and adding an emergency clause.

080

Sen. Clarno

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 457 -1 amendments dated 04/03/03 and -2 amendments dated 04/09/03.


 

081

 

VOTE:  5-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Corcoran

 

Co-chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. DEVLIN will lead discussion on the floor.

083

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 457.  Recesses meeting at 3:16 p.m.  Re-opens committee meeting at 3:22 p.m.  Opens work session on SB 379.

SB 379 – WORK SESSION

084

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator.  Summarizes SB 379, which defines express advocacy for purpose of determining whether communication qualifies as independent expenditure.  Discusses -1 amendment dated  4-16-03 (EXHIBIT C).

089

Ted Reutlinger

Legislative Counsel.  Offers information on the -1 amendments explaining the changes.

151

Sen. Burdick

Asks what is the problem that’s being addressed.

152

Sen. Kurt Schrader

District 20.  Explains deleting the twenty-four hour notice for reporting independent expenditures but adding guidelines in which to report.

173

Sen. Brudick

Asks if this pertains to expenditures made on behalf of a candidate.

182

Sen. Schrader

Notes that is the intent.

183

Sen. Brudick

Asks if someone working with the campaign makes an expenditure does that go through the Political Action Committee (PAC).

186

Sen. Schrader

Answers the bill does not limit what people can do; it’s to give them time to refute issues raised.

193

Ted Reutlinger

Describes the term independent expenditure and takes out sections not needed.

214

Sen. Atkinson

Asks how would this work in the election last October.

221

Ted Reutlinger

Answers in the bill drafted now the supplements must be filed in fifteen days.

240

Sen. Schrader

Notes there are three more reporting systems to track expenditures being made.

251

Sen. Atkinson

Asks what other groups were consulted before drafting the bill.

252

Sen. Schrader

Mentions the Education Association, Public Employees Union and AFL-CIO.

262

Sen. Beyer

Asks under the current laws what is it that is trying to be fixed.

273

Sen. Schrader

Answers the desire to make sure there is full disclosure early on so candidates have time to react.

285

Sen. Atkinson

Asks how will this work with expenses being made ten days out of the election.

311

Sen. Schrader

Answers this is an attempt to close a loophole, and the desire is to make sure the candidate’s message is his or her own.

343

Sen. Beyer

Asks what is the current law on independent expenditure reporting requirements.

352

Ted Reutlinger

Informs you cannot set the amount but you can state when it must be reported and speaks to the timelines.

365

Sen. Beyer

Asks for the timelines.

367

Ted Reutlinger

Offers the timelines for reporting.

371

Sen. Beyer

Asks if you spend a certain amount doesn’t it have to be reported within seventy-two hours with a supplemental report.

380

Ted Reutlinger

Notes under existing law there are some supplemental requirements depending on the amount of money involved.

390

Sen. Beyer

Indicates if he spent more than five hundred dollars it must be reported by the fourth day.

397

Ted Reutlinger

Answers affirmatively.

TAPE 39, A

002

Sen. Atkinson

Responds people are still going to try to buy elections.  States philosophically we are on the same page but asks for further clarification.

011

Sen. Schrader

Answers under the new law the PAC would have to report under the new guidelines.

013

Sen. Beyer

Asks without this bill what would be the timelines.

015

Ted Reutlinger

Answers the second one is due not later than twelve days before the date of the election and then the supplement dates.

017

Sen. Schrader

Notes the goal of the bill was to add three more dates for reporting.

030

Co-chair Brown

Closes work session on SB 379 and adjourns committee meeting at 3:43 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 457, -1 amendments (4-3-03), staff, 1 p

B – SB 457, -2 amendments (4-9-03), staff, 1 p

C – SB 379, -1 amendments (4-16-03), staff, 12 pp