Government Finance and Operations update 3/14/2014
SB 942 (Vidak) – Support
As Introduced on February 4, 2014
SB 942, by Senator Andy Vidak, would require reimbursement for county special election costs associated with special elections that occur between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014.
A similar statute was in effect for many years up through the end of 2007. Since then, counties have spent tens of millions of dollars to fill well over 20 legislative and congressional vacancies. These elections are costly and come to counties unexpectedly, after budgets have been approved, placing a significant fiscal burden on county elections departments and other county general funds.
CSAC is very interested in a more efficacious approach to filling vacancies in the Legislature and Congress that will result in lower costs to counties and improved voter participation. In the meantime, however, expenses for past special election costs have been borne by counties and have imposed significant fiscal strain.
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee will consider SB 942 on Tuesday, March 18.
SB 963 (Torres)
As Introduced on February 6, 2014
SB 963, by Senator Norma Torres, would require reimbursement for county special election costs associated with special elections that take place after January 1, 2013.
CSAC strongly supports SB 963 for all the same reasons as SB 942.
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, which is chaired by Senator Torres, will consider SB 963 on Tuesday, March 18.