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2011 Senate Bill 750: Authorize criminal penalties for extreme campaign finance scofflaws
  1. Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on October 12, 2011, to authorize criminal penalties of up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine for candidates and campaign treasurers who fail to file mandated campaign finance reports after an extended period of time specified in the bill. Contributions and other assets of the campaign committee would be subject to state seizure. These sanctions would only apply to campaign committees with balances of more than $20,000.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on October 12, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 6, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 8, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 8, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. David Robertson (R) on February 14, 2012, to authorize a $1,000 civil fine for committee treasurers who "knowingly" omit contribution and spending information from required reports. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 14, 2012.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 14, 2012, to authorize criminal penalties of up to three years and a $5,000 fine for candidates and campaign treasurers who fail to file mandated campaign finance reports more than two years late. Contributions and other assets of the campaign committee would be subject to state seizure. These sanctions would only apply to campaign committees with balances of more than $20,000. The bill also increases the frequency of required reports.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 14, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on February 14, 2012.

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