State House

2018 Priority Reform Bills

ODA priorities

HB 1773 provides voters with four $25 "civic dollar" certificates to donate to candidates who qualify by limiting their maximum donation from private donors to $500, $250, and $200 for candidates for Governor, Executive Council, and Senate, respectively. The bill also includes other reforms, e.g., stronger requirements to ensure the "independence" of SuperPACs and candidate campaigns, and a new campaign finance enforcement structure. Committee: House Election Law. Prime sponsor: Rep. Cushing, Rockingham 21.
     HB 1773 fact sheet
     Explainer: Components of the bill
     Rick Bourdon testimony
     Bradford Cook testimony
     Robert Perry testimony
     Jim Rubens testimony

SB 33 closes the loophole that allows independent spending groups to avoid registering with the Secretary of State and filing expenditure reports. SB 33 is the Senate version of HB 533 (see above). Committee: House Election Law and Internal Affairs. Prime sponsor: Sen. Bradley, District 3. Passed Senate, 14-9. Currently in House Election Law Committee.
Why SB 33 is needed
     Key definitions in the bill
     Phone script for calls to legislators
     Rebuttal points
     "What if you were the target" handout

Other bills of interest

HB 1368 closes the loophole allowing a donor to create multiple Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) to get around campaign contribution limits. Committee: House Election Law. Prime sponsor: Rep. Porter. Hills. 1.
     HB 1368 fact sheet
     Olivia Zink testimony

HB 1524 calls on the N.H. Legislature to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing regulation of money in politics and prohibiting partisan advantage as a factor in drawing voting district boundaries. Committee: House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs. Prime sponsor: Rep. Read, Rock. 17.
     Commentary by John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic
     Letter by Ella McGrail

HB 1540 institutes ranked-choice voting in races for N.H. House and Senate, governor, Executive Council, US House, and US Senate. Ranked choice allows voters to vote for candidates by order of preference. It results in representation substantially closer to the proportion of Democratic, Republican, and third-party voters in a district than does the current winner-take-all system. More complete explanation at Fairvote. Committee: House Election Law. Prime sponsor: Rep. Read.

HB 1666 requires redistricting to be repeated after analysis of election results reveals partisan bias as measured by an efficiency gap exceeding 8%. Committee: House Election Law. Prime sponsor: Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3.
     Rep. Jerry Knirk testimony
     Rick Bourdon testimony

HB 1667 prohibits businesses and unions from contributing directly to candidate campaigns except through segregated funds, i.e., corporate and union PACs. The bill fixes language found unconstitutional in a 1999 court case, a decision that, in effect, legalized direct contributions from corporate treasuries. HB 1667 also requires political committees to list their top five natural-person
donors in electioneering communications. Committee: House Election Law. Prime sponsor: Rep. Read, Rock. 17.
     HB 1667 fact sheet
     Rick Bourdon testimony

SB 363 prohibits political expenditures by foreign nationals in state elections. Committee: Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs. Prime sponsor: Sen. Feltes.
     Rick Bourdon testimony
     Olivia Zink testimony

SB 440 provides civil penalties for violation of the law pertaining to campaign contributions. Committee: Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs. Prime sponsor: Sen. Lasky, Dist 13.
     Transcript of Senate committee hearing

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  • Olivia Zink
    published this page 2017-02-13 18:10:20 -0500