As Amended by House Commettee

          Session of 1998
By Committee on Appropriations
          10             AN ACT concerning elections; establishing a bipartisan commission on
11             campaign practices.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14           Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the bipartisan
15       campaign commission act.
16           Sec. 2. As used in this act, ``commission'' means the bipartisan com-
17       mission on campaign practices.
18           Sec. 3. (a) The commission shall be composed of nine persons to be
19       appointed as follows:
20           (1) Two members shall be appointed by the executive director board
21       of directors of the Kansas state association of society of association
22       executives.
23           (2) Two members shall be appointed by the Kansas A.F.L.-C.I.O.
24           (3) Two members shall be appointed by the board of directors of the
25       Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
26           (4) Two members shall be appointed by the commission on govern-
27       mental standards and conduct. Such members shall be at large members
28       representing the interest of the voters of Kansas.
29           (5) One member shall be appointed by the state board of education
30       and shall represent education.
31           The members described in paragraphs (1) through (5) shall be ap-
32       pointed within 30 days after the effective date of this act. No more than
33       five members of the commission shall be from the same political party.
34       No person who is an elected state, city or county officer shall be appointed
35       to the commission, whether such person was elected or appointed to such
36       office.
37           (b) The executive director of the Kansas commission on govern-
38       mental standards and conduct shall serve as the temporary chairperson
39       of the commission. The temporary chairperson shall call the first meeting
40       of the commission within 30 days following the appointment of all mem-
41       bers to the commission. At the first meeting, the commission shall meet
42       and organize by the election of a chairperson and vice-chairperson and
43       other officers deemed necessary. The commission may adopt rules gov-

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  1       erning the conduct of its meetings.
  2           (c) The commission shall meet at the call of the chairperson or at the
  3       request of six members of the commission.
  4           (d) Vacancies in the commission shall be filled in the same manner
  5       as the original appointment was made.
  6           (e) Members of the commission shall be paid compensation, subsis-
  7       tence allowances, mileage and other expenses as provided by K.S.A. 75-
  8       3223, and amendments thereto.
  9           (f) Six members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. Any
10       decision of the commission shall require the affirmative vote of six mem-
11       bers.
12           (g) The staff of the office of the revisor of statutes, the legislative
13       research department and the division of legislative administrative services
14       shall provide such assistance as may be requested by the commission and
15       authorized by the legislative coordinating council. The legislative division
16       of post audit shall provide such assistance as may be requested by the
17       commission and authorized by the legislative post audit committee. The
18       Kansas commission on governmental standards and conduct and each
19       other state agency shall provide assistance to the commission as may be
20       requested by the commission.
21           Sec. 4. The commission shall study the laws and any rules and reg-
22       ulations that affect how campaigns for state office are conducted and may
23       make recommendations for legislation. In studying state campaign prac-
24       tices, the commission shall consider:
25           (1) Whether too much or too little money is spent trying to influence
26       campaigns for state office and whether the money spent is sufficiently
27       disclosed.
28           (2) Whether the current laws and rules and regulations governing
29       campaigns for state office encourage or discourage those most qualified
30       to hold office from seeking political office.
31           (3) Whether the existing system of financing campaigns for state of-
32       fice promotes trust and confidence in the political process among the
33       electorate.
34           (4) Whether the rules governing access to media ensure that the elec-
35       torate has the greatest possible opportunity to be informed of candidates'
36       positions on the issues.
37           (5) Any other matters the commission considers appropriate.
38           Sec. 5. (a) On or before February 2, 1999, the commission shall sub-
39       mit a report of its findings and recommendations to the governor and the
40       legislature. Such report may include any recommendation for changes in
41       the laws and any rules and regulations governing the conduct of state
42       campaigns. Recommendations to the legislature shall be in drafted bill
43       form together with any explanatory information and data the commission

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  1       deems advisable.
  2           (b) Bills introduced at the recommendation of the commission shall
  3       receive expedited consideration by the legislature. The bills shall be in-
  4       troduced in the house upon submission of the report. The bills shall be
  5       referred to the committee of the whole under the order of general orders.
  6       The speaker shall bring the bills to the top of the calendar no more than
  7       10 days after introduction. The bills shall be subject to debate and roll
  8       call vote. The joint rules of the house and senate concerning amendments
  9       shall be suspended for the purposes of debating and roll call voting on
10       such bills. No amendments shall be allowed. If any such bill receives a
11       constitutional majority vote in the house, the bills shall be introduced to
12       the senate and referred to the senate committee of the whole under the
13       order of general orders. Such bills shall be brought to the top of the senate
14       calendar no more than 10 days after introduction in the senate. The bills
15       shall be subject to debate and roll call vote. The joint rules of the house
16       and senate shall be suspended for the purposes of debating and roll call
17       voting on any such bill. No amendments shall be allowed.
18           Sec. 6. The commission shall cease to exist May 8, 1999.
19           Sec. 7. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
20       publication in the Kansas register.