Stricken language would be deleted from and underlined language would be added to present law.
1 State of Arkansas
2 93rd General Assembly A Bill
3 Regular Session, 2021 HOUSE BILL 1728
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5 By: Representatives Godfrey, Clowney, A. Collins
6 By: Senators B. Davis, G. Leding
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8 For An Act To Be Entitled
9 AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAW RELATED TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE;
10 TO ALLOW CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO PAY CHILDCARE EXPENSES; TO
11 AMEND PORTIONS OF INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1990 AND
12 INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1996; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
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15 Subtitle
16 TO AMEND THE LAW RELATED TO CAMPAIGN
17 FINANCE; TO ALLOW CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO PAY
18 CHILDCARE EXPENSES; AND TO AMEND PORTIONS
19 OF INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1990 AND INITIATED
20 ACT 1 OF 1996.
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23 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
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25 SECTION 1. Arkansas Code 7-6-203(f)(2), concerning the
26 contributions, limitations, and use of campaign funds and carryover campaign
27 funds and resulting from Initiated Act 1 of 1990 and Initiated Act 1 of 1996,
28 is amended to read as follows:
29 (2) A candidate shall not take any campaign funds as income for
30 his or her spouse or dependent children, except that:
31 (A) This subsection shall not prohibit a candidate who has
32 an opponent from employing his or her spouse or dependent children as
33 campaign workers;
34 (B) The use of campaign funds to pay a candidate's
35 childcare expenses shall not be considered a taking of campaign funds as
36 personal income if the campaign funds are used to pay for childcare for the
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1 time the candidate is engaging in campaign activity; and
2 (B)(C) Any candidate who has an opponent and who, during
3 the campaign and before the election, takes a leave of absence without pay
4 from his or her primary place of employment shall be authorized to take
5 campaign funds during the campaign and before the election as personal income
6 up to the amount of employment income lost as a result of such the leave of
7 absence.
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9 SECTION 2. Arkansas Code 7-6-203(g)(4), concerning the
10 contributions, limitations, and use of campaign funds and carryover campaign
11 funds and resulting from Initiated Act 1 of 1990 and Initiated Act 1 of 1996,
12 is amended to add an additional subdivision to read as follows:
13 (F)(i) The use of carryover funds to pay an elected
14 candidate's childcare expenses shall not be considered a taking of campaign
15 funds as personal income if the reimbursement is for the time the elected
16 candidate is performing his or her responsibilities as an elected official.
17 (ii) The reimbursement of expenses shall be a result
18 of childcare expenses incurred while the elected candidate is performing his
19 or her responsibilities as an elected official and the source of the
20 reimbursement shall be authorized under the rules of the House of
21 Representatives or the Senate and used to reimburse the carryover account.
22 (iii) The reimbursement amount for childcare
23 expenses shall be reported in the elected candidate's carryover fund report.
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