HBA-LCA, PDH H.B. 403 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 403 By: Madden Elections 3/8/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the law prohibits a person from knowingly making a political contribution to a statewide officeholder, legislator, or specific-purpose committee for supporting, opposing, or assisting a statewide officeholder or legislator from the 30th day before a regular legislative session begins and continuing through the day of final adjournment. H.B. 403 provides that a newly elected statewide officeholder, legislator, or specific-purpose committee may accept political contributions until noon the day before a regular legislative session begins if specific circumstances are applicable. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 253.034 (a), Election Code, to provide an exception, established in Section 253.0342, as added by this Act to the prohibition against a person knowingly making political contributions to a state officeholder, a legislator, or a specific-purpose committee supporting, opposing, or assisting a state officeholder or legislator during the period from 30 days prior to a regular legislative session convening until final adjournment, except as provided in Section 253.0342. SECTION 2. Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 253, Election Code, by adding Section 253.0342, as follows: Sec. 253.0342. EXCEPTION TO RESTRICTIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE REGULAR LEGISLATIVE SESSION. Provides that the period prescribed by Section 253.034 begins at noon the day before a regular legislative session convenes if the contribution is accepted by a newly elected state officeholder, legislator, or specific-purpose committee supporting, opposing, or assisting a newly elected state officeholder or legislator and the person to whom the contribution is made has a campaign debt without sufficient contributions to retire debt on the 30th day before session convenes. Authorizes the acceptance of political contributions needed to retire debt and leave a balance of not more than $2,500 in contributions. Defines "negotiable instrument" according to Section 3.104 (Negotiable Instrument), Business & Commerce Code. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.