May 29, 2019 •
Maryland Governor Allows Election Law Bills to Become Law Without Signing
Gov. Larry Hogan allowed two election law bills to become law without his signature.
House Bill 878 alters fees due for failure to file campaign finance reports or affidavits.
The bill raises the fees from $10 each day a report or affidavit is overdue to $20 for each of the first seven days.
Thereafter, the fee increases to $35 for the next seven days, and $50 for each day after that.
The maximum fee for overdue reports or affidavits has also been raised from $500 to $1,000.
House Bill 1025 authorizes the state administrator of elections or the state administrator’s designee to investigate potential violations of coordinated expenditure provisions.
The bill also authorizes the administrator to, in furtherance of an investigation, issue a subpoena for the attendance of a witness to testify.
The state administrator may also subpoena for the production of records.
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