Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1416 By Senator Thurston 33-00767-21 20211416__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to no party affiliation candidates; 3 amending s. 99.0955, F.S.; requiring a person seeking 4 to qualify for office as a candidate with no party 5 affiliation to state that he or she is registered 6 without party affiliation and has not been a 7 registered member of a political party for a specified 8 period of time before qualifying, as a condition of 9 qualifying; amending ss. 99.061 and 99.063, F.S.; 10 conforming provisions to changes made by the act; 11 providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 99.0955, Florida Statutes, is amended to 16 read: 17 99.0955 Candidates with no party affiliation; candidate 18 oath; name on general election ballot.— 19 (1)(a) Each person seeking to qualify for election as a 20 candidate with no party affiliation shall file his or her 21 qualifying papers and pay the qualifying fee or qualify by the 22 petition process pursuant to s. 99.095 with the officer and 23 during the times and under the circumstances prescribed in s. 24 99.061. Upon qualifying, the candidate is entitled to have his 25 or her name placed on the general election ballot. 26 (b) In addition, at the time of subscribing to the oath or 27 affirmation in s. 99.021, any person seeking to qualify for 28 election as a candidate with no party affiliation shall state in 29 writing that the person has not been a registered member of any 30 political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying 31 preceding the general election for which the person seeks to 32 qualify. 33 (2) The qualifying fee for candidates with no party 34 affiliation shall consist of a filing fee and an election 35 assessment as prescribed in s. 99.092. Filing fees paid to the 36 Department of State shall be deposited into the General Revenue 37 Fund of the state. Filing fees paid to the supervisor of 38 elections shall be deposited into the general revenue fund of 39 the county. 40 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (7) of section 41 99.061, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 42 99.061 Method of qualifying for nomination or election to 43 federal, state, county, or district office.— 44 (7)(a) In order for a candidate to be qualified, the 45 following items must be received by the filing officer by the 46 end of the qualifying period: 47 1. A properly executed check drawn upon the candidate’s 48 campaign account payable to the person or entity as prescribed 49 by the filing officer in an amount not less than the fee 50 required by s. 99.092, unless the candidate obtained the 51 required number of signatures on petitions pursuant to s. 52 99.095. The filing fee for a special district candidate is not 53 required to be drawn upon the candidate’s campaign account. If a 54 candidate’s check is returned by the bank for any reason, the 55 filing officer shall immediately notify the candidate and the 56 candidate shall have until the end of qualifying to pay the fee 57 with a cashier’s check purchased from funds of the campaign 58 account. Failure to pay the fee as provided in this subparagraph 59 shall disqualify the candidate. 60 2. The candidate’s oath required by s. 99.021, which must 61 contain the name of the candidate as it is to appear on the 62 ballot; the office sought, including the district or group 63 number if applicable; and the signature of the candidate, which 64 must be verified under oath or affirmation pursuant to s. 65 92.525(1)(a). 66 3. If the office sought is partisan, the written statement 67 of political party affiliation required by s. 99.021(1)(b); or, 68 if the office sought is without party affiliation, the written 69 statement required by s. 99.0955(1)(b). 70 4. The completed form for the appointment of campaign 71 treasurer and designation of campaign depository, as required by 72 s. 106.021. 73 5. The full and public disclosure or statement of financial 74 interests required by subsection (5). A public officer who has 75 filed the full and public disclosure or statement of financial 76 interests with the Commission on Ethics or the supervisor of 77 elections prior to qualifying for office may file a copy of that 78 disclosure at the time of qualifying. 79 Section 3. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section 80 99.063, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 81 99.063 Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.— 82 (2) No later than 5 p.m. of the 9th day following the 83 primary election, each designated candidate for Lieutenant 84 Governor shall file with the Department of State: 85 (b) If the office sought is partisan, the written statement 86 of political party affiliation required by s. 99.021(1)(b); or, 87 if the office sought is without party affiliation, the written 88 statement required by s. 99.0955(1)(b). 89 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.