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House Concurrent Resolution 16

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  1  1           HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO.___
  1  2      BY  SHOULTZ, WITT, JOCHUM, BUKTA, SCHERRMAN,
  1  3    WARNSTADT, COHOON, BELL, HUSER, O'BRIEN, DOTZLER,
  1  4   LARKIN, WHITEAD, MUNDIE, REYNOLDS-KNIGHT, CONNORS,
  1  5    RICHARDSON, FORD, FREVERT, CHAPMAN, FOEGE, FALCK,
  1  6    BERNAU, WISE, CATALDO, KREIMAN, CHIODO, MASCHER,
  1  7     BURNETT, MURPHY, KOENIGS, BRAND, DREES, TAYLOR,
  1  8    MAY, FALLON, KINZER, OSTERHAUS, WEIGEL, DODERER,
  1  9  THOMAS, MERTZ, MYERS, MORELAND, SCHRADER, and HOLVECK
  1 10 A Concurrent Resolution relating to the formation of a
  1 11    temporary bipartisan commission to recommend reforms 
  1 12    in the laws relating to the financing of political
  1 13    campaigns.
  1 14    WHEREAS, an estimated record of $2.7 billion was
  1 15 spent on political advertising in the 1996 elections;
  1 16 and
  1 17    WHEREAS, recent polls reveal that a majority of
  1 18 Americans believe that the current system of campaign
  1 19 finance must be reformed; NOW THEREFORE,
  1 20    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE
  1 21 SENATE CONCURRING, That the General Assembly establish
  1 22 a Campaign Finance Reform Commission (Commission) to
  1 23 study the laws relating to the financing of elections
  1 24 for office and to recommend reforms in those laws,
  1 25 according to the following:
  1 26    1.  MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION.
  1 27    a.  Appointment.  The Commission shall be composed
  1 28 of 15 members, appointed as follows:
  1 29    (1)  Three members shall be appointed by the
  1 30 speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom
  2  1 shall be the chair of the house committee on state
  2  2 government, and the other two shall be members of the
  2  3 public.
  2  4    (2)  Three members shall be appointed by the
  2  5 minority leader of the house of representatives, one
  2  6 of whom shall be the ranking minority member of the
  2  7 house committee on state government, and the other two
  2  8 shall be members of the public.
  2  9    (3)  Three members shall be appointed by the
  2 10 majority leader of the senate, one of whom shall be
  2 11 the chair of the senate committee on state government,
  2 12 and the other two shall be members of the public.
  2 13    (4)  Three members shall be appointed by the
  2 14 minority leader of the senate, one of whom shall be
  2 15 the ranking minority member of the senate committee on
  2 16 state government, and the other two shall be members
  2 17 of the public.
  2 18    (5)  Three members shall be the state chairs of
  2 19 each of the political parties, as defined under Code
  2 20 section 43.2.
  2 21    b.  Selection Criteria.  Persons making
  2 22 appointments shall consult with one another to ensure
  2 23 that the Commission is balanced by gender in
  2 24 accordance with section 69.16A.
  2 25    c.  Selection of Chair and Vice-Chair.  The
  2 26 Commission shall select a Chair and Vice-Chair from
  2 27 among its members at the first meeting of the
  2 28 Commission.
  2 29    d.  Terms.  The members of the Commission shall
  2 30 serve for the life of the Commission.
  3  1    e.  Vacancies.  A vacancy in the Commission shall
  3  2 be filled in the manner in which the original
  3  3 appointment was made.
  3  4    f.  Compensation.  Members of the Commission shall
  3  5 be paid their necessary travel and actual expenses
  3  6 incurred in attending Commission meetings.
  3  7    2.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION.
  3  8    a.  Hearings.  The Commission may hold hearings
  3  9 which shall be open and announced in advance to the
  3 10 public, take testimony, and receive evidence as the
  3 11 Commission considers appropriate.
  3 12    b.  Quorum.  Eight members of the commission shall
  3 13 constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may hold
  3 14 hearings.
  3 15    c.  Report.  Not later than January 1, 1998, the
  3 16 Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a
  3 17 report of the activities and findings of the
  3 18 Commission, together with a draft of legislation
  3 19 recommended by the Commission to reform the laws
  3 20 regarding the financing of political campaigns.  The
  3 21 Commission may utilize the services of the Legislative
  3 22 Service Bureau in formulating a draft of legislation.
  3 23    d.  Matters to Be Considered.  In holding hearings
  3 24 and preparing the report required under paragraph "c",
  3 25 the Commission shall consider proposed reform
  3 26 legislation before the United States Congress, reform
  3 27 legislation passed by Maine and other states, and
  3 28 reform proposals of public interest organizations.
  3 29 The Commission may secure directly from any department
  3 30 or agency such information as the Commission considers
  4  1 necessary, and the department or agency shall promptly
  4  2 furnish such information to the Commission.
  4  3    e.  Staff.  The Commission shall retain an
  4  4 independent consultant to provide technical assistance
  4  5 and staffing associated with the duties of the
  4  6 Commission.
  4  7    Additional assistance shall be provided to the
  4  8 Commission by the central nonpartisan legislative
  4  9 staff bureaus.
  4 10    f.  Funding.  The Legislative Council may expend up
  4 11 to $50,000 from the appropriation in Code section 2.12
  4 12 to be used for the duties of the Commission.
  4 13    3.  TERMINATION.
  4 14    The Commission shall cease to exist two months
  4 15 after the submission of its report.  
  4 16 LSB 1671HH 77
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