Florida Senate - 2017 SB 758 By Senator Rodriguez 37-01060-17 2017758__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to elections; amending s. 99.061, 3 F.S.; revising the timeframe for a candidate to pay a 4 qualifying fee under certain circumstances; providing 5 an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (7) of section 10 99.061, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 11 99.061 Method of qualifying for nomination or election to 12 federal, state, county, or district office.— 13 (7)(a) In order for a candidate to be qualified, the 14 following items must be received by the filing officer by the 15 end of the qualifying period: 16 1. A properly executed check drawn upon the candidate’s 17 campaign account payable to the person or entity as prescribed 18 by the filing officer in an amount not less than the fee 19 required by s. 99.092, unless the candidate obtained the 20 required number of signatures on petitions pursuant to s. 21 99.095. The filing fee for a special district candidate is not 22 required to be drawn upon the candidate’s campaign account. If a 23 candidate’s check is returned by the bank for any reason, the 24 filing officer shall immediately notify the candidate and, 25 notwithstanding
the candidate shall have untilthe end of the 26 qualifying period, the candidate shall have 48 hours from the 27 time such notification is received, excluding Saturdays, 28 Sundays, and legal holidays, to pay the fee with a cashier’s 29 check purchased from funds of the campaign account. Failure to 30 pay the fee as provided in this subparagraph shall disqualify 31 the candidate. 32 2. The candidate’s oath required by s. 99.021, which must 33 contain the name of the candidate as it is to appear on the 34 ballot; the office sought, including the district or group 35 number if applicable; and the signature of the candidate, which 36 must be verified under oath or affirmation pursuant to s. 37 92.525(1)(a). 38 3. If the office sought is partisan, the written statement 39 of political party affiliation required by s. 99.021(1)(b). 40 4. The completed form for the appointment of campaign 41 treasurer and designation of campaign depository, as required by 42 s. 106.021. 43 5. The full and public disclosure or statement of financial 44 interests required by subsection (5). A public officer who has 45 filed the full and public disclosure or statement of financial 46 interests with the Commission on Ethics or the supervisor of 47 elections prior to qualifying for office may file a copy of that 48 disclosure at the time of qualifying. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.