HB 2130--
By Representative O'Neal

AN ACT concerning campaign finance; relating to contributions and the use thereof; amending K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 25-4157a and repealing the existing section. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas: Section 1. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 25-4157a is hereby amended to read as follows: 25-4157a. (a) No moneys received by any candidate or can- didate committee of any candidate as a contribution under this act shall be used or be made available for the personal use of the candidate and no such moneys shall be used by such candidate or the candidate com- mittee of such candidate except for legitimate campaign purposes, for expenses of holding political office or for contributions to the party com- mittees of the political party of which such candidate is a member. For the purpose of this subsection, expenditures for ``personal use'' shall include expenditures to defray normal living expenses for the can- didate or the candidate's family and expenditures for the personal benefit of the candidate having no direct connection with or effect upon the campaign of the candidate or the holding of public office. Expenditures for ``personal use'' shall not include expenditures by a candidate or a candidate's committee for donations of money or property made in the name of such candidate or candidate's committee. (b) No candidate or candidate committee shall accept from any other candidate or candidate committee for any candidate for local, state or national office, any moneys received by such candidate or candidate com- mittee as a campaign contribution. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a candidate or candidate committee from accepting moneys from another candidate or candidate committee if such moneys constitute a reimbursement for one candidate's proportional share of the cost of any campaign activity participated in by both candi- dates involved. Such reimbursement shall not exceed an amount equal to the proportional share of the cost directly benefiting and attributable to the personal campaign of the candidate making such reimbursement. (c) At the time of the termination of any campaign and prior to the filing of a termination report in accordance with K.S.A. 25-4157, and amendments thereto, all residual funds not otherwise obligated for the payment of expenses incurred in such campaign or the holding of office shall be contributed to a charitable organization, as defined by the laws of the state, contributed to a party committee or returned as a refund in whole or in part to any contributor or contributors from whom received or paid into the general fund of the state. Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 25-4157a is hereby repealed. Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.