Counties Support Broadened “Local Option” for Public Campaign Financing

MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally and Policy Associate Drew Jabin testified on February 6, 2020 to support SB 298 (CF HB 337) – Election Law – Local Public Campaign Financing – Boards of Education. The bill expands the offices for which a county may establish a system of public campaign financing.

From the MACo Testimony:

Currently, counties may authorize public campaign financing for elective offices in the executive and legislative branches of county government. This bill enables county governments to offer public campaign financing to candidates seeking to serve as an elected member of the county board of education.

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.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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