Ellis-Erpenbach Bill 2009

Senate Bill 221/Assembly Bill 388

August 18, 2009

Senators Mike Ellis and Jon Erpenbach have reintroduced their bipartisan comprehensive campaign finance reform plan this session as Senate Bill 221 and Assembly Bill 388. The 2009 version includes both the Impartial Justice (SB40/AB65) and Electioneering Disclosure (SB43/AB63) bills as well as a public financing program for all other state races. Ellis-Erpenbach also bans fundraising during the budget process, regulates out-of-state committees the same as in-state PACs, and eliminates leadership-run Legislative Campaign Committees.

SB 221 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing on May 26, 2009. The companion bill, AB 388 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform on August 18, 2009.