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          990 (Bonilla)

          As Amended  August 20, 2015

          2/3 vote.  Urgency

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              (vote not relevant)

          Original Committee Reference:  HEALTH

          SUMMARY:  Increases the size and prominence of disclosure  
          statements that are required to appear on certain campaign  

          The Senate amendments delete the Assembly version of this bill,  
          and instead:

          1)Require an advertisement supporting or opposing a candidate  
            that is paid for by an independent expenditure to comply with  
            the following:

             a)   That the following specific phrasing be used for the  


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               disclosure statement that is required to appear on the  
               advertisement pursuant to existing law: 

               "This advertisement was not authorized or paid for by a  
               candidate for this office or a committee controlled by a  
               candidate for this office."

             b)   If the advertisement is mailed, that the statement  
               comply with all of the following:

               i)     Be located within one-quarter of an inch of the  
                 recipient's name and address as printed on the  

               ii)    Be contained in a box that has an outline with a  
                 line weight of at least 3.25 points, and the outline is  
                 in a contrasting color to the background color of the  
                 advertisement and of the background color of the box;

               iii)   The background color of the box contrasts with the  
                 background color of the advertisement; and,

               iv)    The text of the statement is in a contrasting color  
                 to the background color of the box.

          2)Increase the minimum size of disclosure statements that are  
            required to be printed on specified campaign advertisements  
            from 10-point to 14-point, and require the statements to be  
            printed in bold, sans serif type font.

          3)Make corresponding changes.

          4)Add an urgency clause, allowing this bill to take effect  


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            immediately upon enactment.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

          COMMENTS:  According to the author, "The Political Reform Act  
          requires all campaign mailers [that are paid for by independent  
          expenditures] to include a disclosure statement that it was not  
          authorized by the candidate? When voters do not notice the  
          disclosure statement, it becomes unclear which advertisements  
          are from the candidate and which ones are from independent  
          expenditures.  It is vitally important that voters easily  
          identify which advertisements come from the candidates  
          themselves?. AB 990 fixes this problem by making it simple for  
          voters to notice and read the disclosure statement."

          California voters passed an initiative, Proposition 9, in 1974  
          that created the Fair Political Practices Commission and  
          codified significant restrictions and prohibitions on  
          candidates, officeholders and lobbyists. That initiative is  
          commonly known as the Political Reform Act (PRA).  Amendments to  
          the PRA that are not submitted to the voters, such as those  
          contained in this bill, must further the purposes of the  
          initiative and require a two-thirds vote of both houses of the  

          This bill was substantially amended in the Senate and the  
          Assembly-approved provisions of this bill were deleted.  This  
          bill, as amended in the Senate, is inconsistent with Assembly  
          actions. The subject matter of this bill has not been heard in  
          an Assembly policy committee during the current legislative  

          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Ethan Jones / E. & R. / (916) 319-2094  FN:  


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