Counties Seek More Options for Public Campaign Financing

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally today testified in support of HB 1066 – Local Public Campaign Financing – Expansion to Additional Offices before the House Ways and Means Committee. This 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 a state’s attorney, sheriff, register of wills, judge of the circuit court, clerk of the circuit court, judge of the orphans’ court, or 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 2021 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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