Counties Support Broadened “Local Option” for Public Campaign Financing

MACo Policy Associate, Kevin Kinnally, submitted written testimony in support of House Bill 174, “Election Law – Local Public Campaign Financing – Expansion”, to the House Ways and Means Committee on January 30, 2018.

The bill authorizes county governments to extend public financing of local campaigns if they choose to do so. This could include county boards of education, sheriffs, and clerk of the circuit court, register of wills, or State’s Attorney.

From MACo Testimony:

This legislation properly leaves the decision for establishing a system of public campaign financing in the hands of the local governments, who are best situated to determine whether such a policy is in their best interest.

HB 174 ensures local governments have flexibility in enacting local policies designed to serve and react to community needs.”

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2018 legislative session here.