An Act Regarding Maine Clean Election Act Funds for a Candidate without a Primary Opponent
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §1125, sub-§7, ¶A, as amended by PL 2001, c. 465, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §1125, sub-§8-A, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 302, §17 and affected by §24, is amended to read:
Before making any determination, the commission shall provide notice of the determination and an opportunity to comment to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, all floor leaders, the members of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over legal affairs and persons who have expressed interest in receiving notices of opportunities to comment on the commission's rules and policies. The commission shall present at a public meeting the basis for the commission's final determination.
For contested gubernatorial primary elections, the amount of revenues distributed is $400,000 per candidate in a primary election. For uncontested gubernatorial primary elections the amount of revenues distributed is $200,000. The commission may not make a distribution to a candidate in an uncontested gubernatorial primary election. For contested and uncontested gubernatorial general elections, the amount of revenues distributed is $600,000 per candidate in the general election.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §1125, sub-§10, as repealed and replaced by PL 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §27 and affected by §28, is amended to read:
This bill provides that the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices may not make a distribution of Maine Clean Election Act funds to a candidate in an uncontested legislative or gubernatorial primary election.