Bill Summary for H 346 (2011-2012)

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Jun 8 2011

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View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
House Bill 346 (Public) Filed Monday, March 14, 2011
Intro. by Randleman.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Rewrites GS 163-278.7(f) to provide that every treasurer of a candidate campaign committee, as defined, that files its organizational report after the time for filing notice of a candidacy has opened for the election for which that candidate has filed, or after the time that candidate qualifies to be on the ballot for the general election, must participate in training as to the duties of the office within 45 days of appointment and at least once every four years thereafter.
Amends GS 163-98 to provide that when a candidate is nominated, the board of elections with jurisdiction over the election must issue a notification to the candidate stating: (1) the organizational report, as required, must be filed with the Board no later than the tenth day following the day the candidate files notice of candidacy or the tenth day following the organization of the political committee, whichever occurs first, and a late fee of $250 per day will be assessed for each day the filing is not so filed and (2) every treasurer of a political committee must participate in treasurer training required under GS 163-278.7(f). Makes similar changes to GS 163-106, GS 163-114, GS 163-122, and GS 163-123.
Amends GS 163-278.9(a)(1), removing the provision stating that a candidate who has not filed the organizational report within the required time period is not eligible to be placed on the ballot. Adds language to provide a $250 per day penalty if the organizational report is not filed within the required time frame.
Enacts new GS 163-124 to provide that no individual is eligible to run for two separate offices during a general election, unless one of the offices is the remainder of the unexpired term for an office that requires an election to fill the unexpired portion of the term.
Amends GS 163-230.2(a) to add additional language directing the State Board of Elections to create a uniform absentee ballot request form that can be accessed from the Board’s website. Provides that contents of the absentee ballot, except the signature, may be filled out electronically.
Directs the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee to study the feasibility and applicability of requiring electronic filing of all reports required to be filed with the State Board of Elections under GS 163-278.9. Provides reporting requirements.
All of the above provisions, except the provision relating to the study, are effective January 1, 2012, and apply with respect to elections held on or after that date.