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Legislature 1979 - Interim Report

CAMPAIGN SPENDING AND PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS

We have been watching the Senate and House Judiciary Committees' action on the implementing legislation to establish a fund to provide partial public financing of campaigns for public office and to establish spending limits. Following this legislation is not without problems for the League.

For example, limiting campaign spending presents constitutional questions, but if the limitation is linked to public financing, it would be constitutionally justified. The U.S. Supreme Court decision (Buckley v. Valeo) presents a hurdle to limiting expenditures for candidates who choose not to accept public financing. However, our State League position on campaign financing is for indirect public funding of campaigns and not for direct public funds to candidates (see page 4 for our consensus statement).

D. C. RATIFICATION

We submitted written testimony supporting state ratification of the amendment to the U.S. Constitution providing voting rights for the citizens of Washington, D.C. This Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 may face a harder time getting approval than we once thought. There just doesn't seem to be much legislative interest in Washington, D.C. residents here.

EDUCATION

Our Schools Committee reports that the main concern in the Senate and House Education Committees is funding all programs that the DOE has requested. The Governor has suggested a $12.5 million cut and the federal government has cut $6 million from the department's budget.

There have been a number of competency testing bills introduced. One requires competency tests for graduation, but the House is believed to not be favorable toward it.

ET CETERA

There have been a number of energy conservation and alternate energy bills. Fifteen of them have some wording which our energy positions allow us to address. But this would have meant fifteen almost identical pieces of testimony, so we addressed similar bills in one testimony.

We notified the Senate and House Judiciary chairmen that we are concerned about the wording of S.B. 14 relating to open legislative committee meetings, mandated by the constitutional amendment to Article III.

We asked Senator O'Connor not to hold a hearing on rescission of the ERA.

We testified in favor of initiative for statute law and petition referendum.

Surprising wording popped up in S.B. 1168 relating to privacy. The State Constitution added the right to privacy to the Bill of Rights. S.B. 1168 is intended to amend the Ethics Commission's disclosure requirements so that only financial interests which are in conflict of interest need to be disclosed, and the legislator is to determine conflict of interest. The League was among the few people present at the time the bill was heard (and we were there regarding other legislation before the committee), but when this matter came up, we could not resist the temptation to state that such a stand is contrary to what the League can support.

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