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2013 Senate Bill 661: Increase political contributions limits

Public Act 252 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on October 31, 2013, to increase the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on October 31, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 14, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 14, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 14, 2013, to cut the allowable campaign contribution limits in half instead of doubling them. The amendment failed 10 to 28 in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on November 14, 2013, to repeal an exception for certain types of political campaign committees to contribution reporting deadlines. The amendment failed 19 to 19 in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on November 14, 2013, to strip out the provision indexing campaign contribution caps to the rate of inflation. The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on November 14, 2013, to revise the definition of a "candidate" in campaign finance law. The amendment failed 19 to 19 in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on November 14, 2013, to increase the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates. The bill would also establish that third party "issue ads" that do not expressly advocate the election of a candidate or issue need not include a disclosure of who paid for the ad, and allow the Republican and Democratic caucuses in the legislature to raise and spend money promoting their preferred candidates in primary elections.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 14, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on November 14, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on December 10, 2013, with the recommendation that the amendments be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the House on December 11, 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on December 11, 2013, to strip-out the provision in the Senate-passed version of the bill that would have repealed a ban on Republican and Democratic caucuses in the legislature raising and spending money promoting their preferred candidates in primary elections. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) on December 11, 2013, to cut campaign contribution caps in half rather than doubling them. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on December 11, 2013, to mandate that an individual or organization who buys a political “issue ad” that references a candidate or ballot question (but does not necessarily engage in campaign-related “express advocacy”) within 60 days of an election must file a report with the Secretary of State within seven days containing the full name and street address of each person who contributed for the ad. The Secretary of State would then have to post this information on the internet within 24 hours. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on December 11, 2013, to not double campaign contribution caps, but instead leave them at current levels. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Collene Lamonte (D) on December 11, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that does not increase contribution amounts. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on December 11, 2013, to cut in half the maximum amount that a "political action committee" (PAC) can contribute to candidates. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on December 11, 2013, to require political "robocalls" that "expressly advocate" the election or defeat of a candidate or ballot question to disclose the name and address of the person paying for the calls. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
  4. Passed 56 to 52 in the House on December 11, 2013, to double the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates. The bill would also establish that organizations that run third party "issue ads" which do not "expressly advocate" for or against a candidate or ballot issue need not disclose the names and addresses of who paid for the ad (but do have to disclose the sponsoring organization), and require political "robocalls" that do not engage in "express advocacy" to include who paid for the calls.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
    • Motion by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on December 12, 2013, to reject as out-of-order an amendment proposed by Sen. Bieda to make enactment of this bill conditional on passage of Senate Bill 168, which would mandate extensive candidate disclosures of their personal finances. The motion passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 26, 2013.

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