Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1890
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/31/2021           .                                

       The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Rodrigues) recommended
       the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
    6  106.08, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         106.08 Contributions; limitations on.—
    8         (1)(a) Except for political parties or affiliated party
    9  committees, no person or political committee may, in any
   10  election, make contributions in excess of the following amounts:
   11         1. To a candidate for statewide office or for retention as
   12  a justice of the Supreme Court or to a political committee that
   13  is the sponsor of a constitutional amendment proposed by
   14  initiative, $3,000. However, the limitation on contributions for
   15  such a political committee no longer applies once the Secretary
   16  of State has issued a certificate of ballot position and a
   17  designating number for the proposed amendment that the political
   18  committee is sponsoring. Candidates for the offices of Governor
   19  and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket are considered a
   20  single candidate for the purpose of this section.
   21         2. To a candidate for retention as a judge of a district
   22  court of appeal; a candidate for legislative office; a candidate
   23  for multicounty office; a candidate for countywide office or in
   24  any election conducted on less than a countywide basis; or a
   25  candidate for county court judge or circuit judge, $1,000.
   26         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
   27  106.141, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   28         106.141 Disposition of surplus funds by candidates.—
   29         (4)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), any candidate
   30  required to dispose of funds pursuant to this section shall, at
   31  the option of the candidate, dispose of such funds by any of the
   32  following means, or any combination thereof:
   33         1. Return pro rata to each contributor the funds that have
   34  not been spent or obligated.
   35         2. Donate the funds that have not been spent or obligated
   36  to a charitable organization or organizations that meet the
   37  qualifications of s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
   38  except that the candidate may not be employed by the charitable
   39  organization to which he or she donates the funds.
   40         3. Give not more than $25,000 of the funds that have not
   41  been spent or obligated to the affiliated party committee or
   42  political party of which such candidate is a member.
   43         4. Give the funds that have not been spent or obligated:
   44         a. In the case of a candidate for state office, To the
   45  state, to be deposited in either the Election Campaign Financing
   46  Trust Fund or the General Revenue Fund, as designated by the
   47  candidate; or
   48         b. In the case of a candidate for an office of a political
   49  subdivision, To a such political subdivision, to be deposited in
   50  the general fund thereof.
   51         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.
   53  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   54  And the title is amended as follows:
   55         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   56  and insert:
   57                        A bill to be entitled                      
   58         An act relating to campaign financing; amending s.
   59         106.08, F.S.; providing a limitation on contributions
   60         made to political committees sponsoring a
   61         constitutional amendment proposed by initiative;
   62         specifying conditions upon which the limitation no
   63         longer applies; amending s. 106.141, F.S.; prohibiting
   64         a candidate from donating surplus funds to a
   65         charitable organization that employs the candidate;
   66         providing that any candidate required to dispose
   67         surplus funds may give certain surplus funds to the
   68         state or a political subdivision, to be disbursed in a
   69         specified manner; providing an effective date.