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A03959
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1220
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY FREEMAN, SAMUELSON, MADDEN, SHUSTERMAN, FIEDLER,
D. WILLIAMS, N. NELSON, KINSEY AND GREEN, MAY 24, 2023
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, MAY 24, 2023
AN ACT
Amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), entitled
"An act concerning elections, including general, municipal,
special and primary elections, the nomination of candidates,
primary and election expenses and election contests; creating
and defining membership of county boards of elections;
imposing duties upon the Secretary of the Commonwealth,
courts, county boards of elections, county commissioners;
imposing penalties for violation of the act, and codifying,
revising and consolidating the laws relating thereto; and
repealing certain acts and parts of acts relating to
elections," in primary and election expenses, further
providing for reporting by candidate and political committees
and other persons.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1626(d) of the act of June 3, 1937
(P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election Code, is
amended to read:
Section 1. Section 1626(c) and (d) of the act of June 3,
1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election
Code, are amended to read:
Section 1626. Reporting by Candidate and Political
Committees and other Persons.--
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(c) The following shall apply:
(1) Vouchers or copies of vouchers for all sums expended
amounting to more than twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be
retained by the candidate or the committee treasurer and shall
be available for public inspection and copying as herein
provided.
(2) Any person may inspect or copy such vouchers or copies
thereof by filing a written request with the appropriate
supervisory office which shall notify the candidate or political
committee of such request.
(3) The candidate or political committee shall have the
option of either forwarding such vouchers or copy of the same to
the supervisor for such purpose or making the vouchers or copy
of the same available to the requesting person.
(4) If a candidate or a treasurer of a political committee
shall fail to make said vouchers or copies thereof available for
inspection and copying when requested by the appropriate
supervisory officer, such officer shall [direct] order the
candidate or political committee to [promptly] deliver the
vouchers or copies thereof to the supervisory office within two
(2) days for purposes of inspection and copying.
(5) If the candidate or the treasurer of the political
committee fails to deliver the vouchers or copies within two (2)
days of the order under clause (4), the Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall impose an administrative penalty of no more
than five hundred dollars ($500) on the candidate or the
political committee for each day the candidate or the treasurer
of the political committee fails to comply with the order.
(6) If the candidate or the treasurer of the political
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committee fails to deliver the vouchers or copies within thirty
(30) days after the imposition of the administrative penalty
under clause (5), the Secretary of the Commonwealth shall refer
the matter to the Attorney General for investigation.
(7) Costs of copying and costs of delivery by the candidate
or treasurer of the requested vouchers or copies thereof shall
be borne by the person requesting same.
(d) Pre-election reports by candidates for offices to be
voted for by the electors of the State at large, candidates for
the office of Senator in the General Assembly, candidates for
the office of Representative in the General Assembly and all
political committees, which have expended money for the purpose
of influencing the election of such [candidate] candidates,
shall be filed not later than the sixth Tuesday before and the
second Friday before an election, provided that the initial pre-
election report shall be complete as of fifty (50) days prior to
the election and the subsequent pre-election report shall be
complete as of fifteen (15) days prior to the election. Pre-
election reports by all other candidates and political
committees which have received contributions or made
expenditures for the purpose of influencing an election shall be
filed not later than the second Friday before an election,
provided that such report be complete as of fifteen (15) days
prior to the election.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately. as
follows:
(1) The amendment of section 1626(c) of the act shall
take effect in 60 days.
(2) The remainder of this act shall take effect
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immediately.
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