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2007 House Bill 4628: Revise campaign finance law
Introduced by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on April 19, 2007 To eliminate a requirement that employees affirm annually that they want paycheck deductions to go into a union or corporate PAC, and to allow the use of public money to administer those union PAC payroll deductions for government and university employees. The bill makes a number of revisions to the state campaign finance law, including transferring various enforcement duties from the "Secretary of State" to the state Director of Elections (who is under the Secretary of State); increasing some penalties; requiring certain disclosures for “robocalls;” prohibiting a candidate from taking a salary from his or her candidate committee; prohibiting honoraria for all state elected officials; raising the threshold on reporting campaign contributions from $1 to $20; establishing that a violation by a candidate who is the state Attorney General are to be investigated and prosecuted by the Ingham County prosecutor, and more.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on April 19, 2007
Reported in the House on May 1, 2007 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on May 2, 2007 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2007
Substitute offered by Rep. Tom Pearce (R) on May 2, 2007 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not include the provisions transferring various enforcement duties from the "Secretary of State" to the state Director of Elections (who is under the Secretary of State); eliminating a requirement that employees affirm annually that they want paycheck deductions to go into a union corporate PAC; allowing those union PAC payroll deductions for government and university employees; and raising the threshold on reporting campaign contributions from $1 to $20; and establishing that a violation by a candidate who is the state Attorney General are to be investigated and prosecuted by the Ingham County prosecutorand more.
The substitute failed 53 to 56 in the House on May 2, 2007.
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Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on May 2, 2007 To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4415, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. House Bill 4415 would make impose a variety of restriction on campaign contributions and expenditures, including expenditures by third-party groups.
The amendment failed 52 to 57 in the House on May 2, 2007.
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Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on May 2, 2007 To cap campaign contributions to an "independent committee" or a "politcal committee" (types of PACs) to an cumulative $20,000 per person per year.
The amendment failed 51 to 57 in the House on May 2, 2007.
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Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on May 2, 2007 To require unions to get annual permission in writing from each member to use any portion of their union dues for political activity.
The amendment failed 50 to 58 in the House on May 2, 2007.
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Amendment offered by Rep. Ted Hammon (D) on May 2, 2007 To revise the hour of the day on which electronic campaign are due, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2007
Passed 61 to 47 in the House on May 2, 2007.
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To eliminate a requirement that employees affirm annually that they want paycheck deductions to go into a union corporate PAC, and to allow the use of public money to administer those union PAC payroll deductions for government and university employees. The bill makes a number of revisions to the state campaign finance law, including transferring various enforcement duties from the "Secretary of State" to the state Director of Elections (who is under the Secretary of State); increasing some penalties; requiring certain disclosures for “robocalls;” prohibiting a candidate from taking a salary from his or her candidate committee; prohibiting honoraria for all state elected officials; raising the threshold on reporting campaign contributions from $1 to $20; establishing that a violation by a candidate who is the state Attorney General are to be investigated and prosecuted by the Ingham County prosecutor, and more.
Received in the Senate on May 8, 2007
Referred to the Senate Campaign & Election Oversight Committee on May 8, 2007

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