HOUSE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Passed House:
February 17, 2014
Title: An act relating to the public disclosure commission concerning responsibilities and funding.
Brief Description: Requiring certain campaign reports to be filed electronically.
Sponsors: House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Moeller, Wylie, Reykdal, Appleton, Ryu, Morrell, McCoy, Seaquist, Moscoso, Hudgins, Ormsby and Pollet).
Government Operations & Elections: 1/22/13, 2/12/13 [DPS].
Appropriations: 2/19/13, 2/28/13 [DP2S], 2/10/14 [DP3S].
Passed House: 2/17/14, 97-0.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
Majority Report: The third substitute bill be substituted therefor and the third substitute bill do pass. Signed by 30 members: Representatives Hunter, Chair; Ormsby, Vice Chair; Chandler, Ranking Minority Member; Ross, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Wilcox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Buys, Carlyle, Christian, Cody, Dunshee, Fagan, Green, Haigh, Haler, Harris, Hudgins, G. Hunt, S. Hunt, Jinkins, Kagi, Lytton, Morrell, Parker, Pettigrew, Schmick, Seaquist, Springer, Sullivan, Taylor and Tharinger.
Staff: Marsha Reilly (786-7135).
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) was created and empowered by an initiative of the people to provide timely and meaningful public access to information about the financing of political campaigns, lobbyist expenditures, and the financial affairs of public officials and candidates, and to ensure compliance with contribution limits and other campaign finance restrictions.
In 1999 electronic filing was made available to candidates, public officials, and political committees for filing financial affairs reports, contribution reports, and expenditure reports. By 2002 electronic filing was mandatory. Electronic filing was made available to lobbyists and lobbyist employers for submitting their reports in 2002, although it is not mandatory. Electronic filing includes, but is not limited to, filing by diskette, modem, satellite, or over the Internet. Funding was made available to the PDC in the fiscal year 2008 budget for a feasibility study to determine the cost to design, develop, implement, and maintain an application to accommodate electronic filing by lobbyists, lobbyist employers, and public agencies, as well as a database and query system compatible with current computer architecture, technology, and operating systems.
Summary of Engrossed Third Substitute Bill:
Agencies required to report lobbying expenditures must file all required reports to the PDC electronically over the internet. Beginning January 1, 2016, all lobbyists and lobbyists' employers required to report lobbying activities must file the required reports electronically over the internet.
The PDC is directed to design, develop, implement, and maintain computer hardware and software or other applications and a database and query system compatible with current architecture, technology, and operating systems to accommodate electronic filing of lobbying reports.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony:
See House bill report from the 2013 regular session.
Persons Testifying: See House bill report from the 2013 regular session.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: See House bill report from the 2013 regular session.