Less Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom – 2014 Legislative Session Day 10

In the Government Operations and Elections Committee we’re accepting testimony on five bills and may take Executive Action on six bills.

House Bill 1278 requires counties to include prepaid postage for ballot return envelopes for primary and general elections in even-numbered years and for special elections to fill unexpired terms of statewide elected officials and state legislators and requires the state to reimburse counties for the cost of return postage on ballot return envelopes for certain elections.

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1290 requires county auditors to place at least one ballot drop box at each public college, university, community college, and technical college, and at certain branch campuses; authorizes county auditors to install additional ballot drop boxes if the college’s administration or a student body association agrees to jointly fund the installation; requires each county auditor to establish a ballot drop box advisory committee with student representatives and representatives from the college administration; requires reporting to the Secretary of State and the Legislature of ballot drop box placement and methods used to inform voters; requires consideration of Indian reservations in the placement of ballot drop boxes; and establishes a civil penalty of $5,000 for tampering or destroying a ballot drop box, in addition to any other penalties authorized by law.

House Bill 1510 requires write-in candidates to file a declaration of candidacy 18 days before a primary or election.

House Bill 2215 makes technical corrections to laws related to elections.

House Bill 2263 requires the state committee and county central committees to elect at least one female for the chair or vice chair positions.

The six bills that may be considered for Executive Action include House Bills 1290, 1449, 2105, 2215, 2374, and 2473.

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