Assembly Panel To Hear Election Reform Bills

Political candidates would have to file campaign reports sooner and electronically under election reform bills to be considered by an Assembly committee.

AB81 and AB82 are sponsored by Secretary of State Ross Miller.

Under existing law, campaign disclosures are required seven days before an election.

Because they can be mailed, reports are often received after election day.

Miller's bills would require all reports be filed electronically. Additionally, they would set new deadlines.

Reports would be due four days before early voting begins. A second report would be due the Friday before primary and general election days.

The bills would also impose additional disclosure requirement for political action committees.

They will be heard Tuesday by the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee.

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