May 14, 2018 •
Vermont Legislature Adjourns Sine Die and Passes Electioneering Bill
The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die May 12.
Lawmakers passed a bill to amend campaign finance provisions relating to electioneering communications and mass media activities.
House Bill 828 revises the definition of electioneering communications to include electronic or digital communications and adds internet advertisements to the definition of mass media activity.
The bill also makes it permissible to include a link that takes a reader to a web or social media page that provides the required information on electioneering communications broadcast over the internet when it cannot practically meet the identification requirements otherwise.
House Bill 828 also requires local candidates to file an additional report on the Friday preceding a local election.
If Gov. Phil Scott approves the bill, the electioneering changes are effective upon passage and the reporting requirements for candidates takes effect December 14, 2018.
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