Fundraising Ban During Budget Writing

Senate Bill 23/Assembly Bill 42

February 17, 2009

Senate Bill 23 and its companion Assembly Bill 42 are bipartisan proposals to prohibit elected state officials and their campaign committees from fundraising during state budget deliberations. Two significant differences between the proposals are that the Assembly proposal applies the ban also to legislative campaign committees (LCCs) and extends the fundraising restriction for the governor and lieutenant governor to include the period immediately after the general election when they are involved in drafting the governor’s proposed budget. Similar proposals were introduced in previous sessions and are part of a WDC-backed comprehensive reform proposal introduced by Senators Ellis and Erpenbach, 2007 Senate Bill 12.

SB 23 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations on February 2, 2009. AB 42 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform on February 17, 2009.