Public Campaign Financing Option Gives Counties Flexibility

MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally submitted written testimony in support of House Bill 227 to the House Ways and Means Committee on February 6, 2018. This bill authorizes the county to establish a system of public financing of campaigns for elected offices in the General Assembly.

This gives county and local governments increased flexibility in handling the financing of local campaigns that are unique to each jurisdiction.

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 227 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.