Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Assembly Bill 31, 319, 1367, and Senate Bill 686 - State and Federal Communications

September 29, 2021  •  

Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Assembly Bill 31, 319, 1367, and Senate Bill 686

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill extending automatic voting by mail and three bills increasing election transparency and integrity.

The marquee bill signed Monday, Assembly Bill 31, requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to every active registered voter for all elections.

The bill additionally extended the window for mail ballots to be sent to elections offices to seven days after the election.

California automatically sent ballots to voters the starting in early days of the pandemic.

During the 2020 presidential election, California saw a record-breaking 70% participation, the highest voter turnout since 1952.

Assembly Bill 319 forbids foreign governments or foreign principals from making a contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure in connection with a state or local ballot measure or election.

Assembly Bill 1367 would make a person who uses campaign funds in a manner that violates the provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974 and results in an egregious personal benefit liable in an administrative or civil action brought by the commission for an amount of up to 2 times the amount of the unlawful expenditure.

Senate Bill 686 requires a limited liability company that qualified as a committee or a sponsor of a committee under the act, as specified, to file a statement of members with the Secretary of State.

The bill requires the statement to include a list of all persons who have a membership interest in the LLC of at least 10% or who have made a capital contribution of at least $10,000 to the LLC after it qualified as a committee or sponsor of a committee, or within the 12 months before it qualified.

These bills become effective January 1, 2022.

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