Governor signs campaign finance reform bills into law
STATE HOUSE — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed four pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening campaign finance reform.
“Elected officials must always uphold the highest ethical standards — Rhode Islanders deserve honest government,” said Governor Raimondo. “Strong campaign finance rules and a more transparent system highlight our commitment to accountability for those who serve in government across the state.”
The General Assembly gave final passage to the bills on Thursday, April 16.
The legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader John J. DeSimone (D-Dist. 5, Providence) (2015 H-5789A) requires candidates and political action committees to file a copy of the next bank statement from their campaign account that is issued after they file their final ongoing quarterly campaign finance report to the Board of Elections.
The legislation sponsored by Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) (2015-H 5840A) requires candidates for public office, officeholders and political action committees to maintain separate campaign accounts exclusively for campaign funds.
The legislation sponsored by Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence) (2015-H 5920A) requires the appointment of a treasurer or deputy treasurer other than the candidate to any campaign account that reaches or expends at least $10,000 in any year. This act also requires the treasurer or deputy treasurer to examine and certify the substantial accuracy of campaign finance reports filed with the board of elections.
The legislation (2015-S 0681A) sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) mirrors the three bills introduced in the House.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903