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2018 Senate Bill 5991: Increasing transparency of contributions by creating the Washington state DISCLOSE act of 2018
Introduced by Sen. Andy Billig (Spokane) (D) on January 8, 2018
  Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on January 8, 2018
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 12, 2018
Incidental Committees. References are added in definitional statutes. Organizations must exceed participation thresholds to be defined as political committees. Organizations must receive contributions, rather than payments, of at least $10,000 to exceed participation thresholds. Reporting and Other Requirements. Incidental committees are not required to keep books of account open for inspection. Payments to incidental committees are exempted from the ban on contributions of over $50,000 to a political committee in the 21 days before an election. The PDC must implement the act within existing funds. The act's effective date is changed.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 15, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on January 17, 2018
Removes authority for the public disclosure commission to require other information by rule.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 17, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on January 17, 2018
Clarifies that the sources of payment to an incidental of a contribution or independent expenditure.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 17, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on January 17, 2018
Excludes section 527 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations currently filing disclosure statements with the PDC, Internal Revenue Service, or Federal Election Commission (FEC) and organizations currently filing lobbyist disclosure statements with the PDC from the definition of incidental committees.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 17, 2018
Received in the House on January 19, 2018
Referred to the House State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee on January 19, 2018
Amendment offered in the House on February 21, 2018
Requires certain nonprofit organizations participating in political campaign financing to report to the Public Disclosure Commission on its top contributors and its expenditures to political campaigns or groups.
Received in the Senate on March 6, 2018
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 19, 2018

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