Florida Senate - 2011                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1690
                                Barcode 515184                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/21/2011           .                                

       The Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
       (Diaz de la Portilla) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 52 and 53
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
    6  106.021, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         106.021 Campaign treasurers; deputies; primary and
    8  secondary depositories.—
    9  (1)(a) Each candidate for nomination or election to office and
   10  each political committee shall appoint a campaign treasurer.
   11  Each person who seeks to qualify for nomination or election to,
   12  or retention in, office shall appoint a campaign treasurer and
   13  designate a primary campaign depository prior to qualifying for
   14  office. Any person who seeks to qualify for election or
   15  nomination to any office by means of the petitioning process
   16  shall appoint a treasurer and designate a primary depository on
   17  or before the date he or she obtains the petitions. Each
   18  candidate shall at the same time he or she designates a campaign
   19  depository and appoints a treasurer also designate the office
   20  for which he or she is a candidate. If the candidate is running
   21  for an office which will be grouped on the ballot with two or
   22  more similar offices to be filled at the same election, the
   23  candidate must indicate for which group or district office he or
   24  she is running. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a
   25  candidate, at a later date, from changing the designation of the
   26  office for which he or she is a candidate. However, if a
   27  candidate changes the designated office for which he or she is a
   28  candidate, the candidate must notify all contributors in writing
   29  of the intent to seek a different office and offer to return pro
   30  rata, upon their request, those contributions given in support
   31  of the original office sought. This notification shall be given
   32  within 15 days after the filing of the change of designation and
   33  shall include a standard form developed by the Division of
   34  Elections for requesting the return of contributions. The notice
   35  requirement shall not apply to any change in a numerical
   36  designation resulting solely from redistricting. If, within 30
   37  days after being notified by the candidate of the intent to seek
   38  a different office, the contributor notifies the candidate in
   39  writing that the contributor wishes his or her contribution to
   40  be returned, the candidate shall return the contribution, on a
   41  pro rata basis, calculated as of the date the change of
   42  designation is filed. Up to a maximum of the contribution limit
   43  in s. 106.08 for the newly designated office, any contribution
   44  contributions not requested to be returned within the 30-day
   45  period may be used by the candidate for the newly designated
   46  office; however, the candidate must dispose of any amount
   47  exceeding the contribution limit pursuant to the options in ss.
   48  106.11(5)(b)-(d) for a candidate who withdraws his or her
   49  candidacy. No person shall accept any contribution or make any
   50  expenditure with a view to bringing about his or her nomination,
   51  election, or retention in public office, or authorize another to
   52  accept such contributions or make such expenditure on the
   53  person’s behalf, unless such person has appointed a campaign
   54  treasurer and designated a primary campaign depository. A
   55  candidate for an office voted upon statewide may appoint not
   56  more than 15 deputy campaign treasurers, and any other candidate
   57  or political committee may appoint not more than 3 deputy
   58  campaign treasurers. The names and addresses of the campaign
   59  treasurer and deputy campaign treasurers so appointed shall be
   60  filed with the officer before whom such candidate is required to
   61  qualify or with whom such political committee is required to
   62  register pursuant to s. 106.03.
   64  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   65         And the title is amended as follows:
   66         Between lines 4 and 5
   67  insert:
   68         amending s. 106.021, F.S.; providing requirements and
   69         restrictions on the use of contributions received
   70         prior to a candidate changing his or her candidacy to
   71         a new office, to conform;