VA HB122 | 2018 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Engrossed on February 12 2018 - 50% progression
Action: 2018-03-06 - Left in Finance
Pending: Senate Finance Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Comm Sub) [HTML]


Campaign finance; prohibited personal use; civil penalty. Adds a definition of "personal use" and prohibits the use of contributions, or conversions of items acquired using contributions, to a candidate or campaign committee for a strictly personal purpose with no intended, reasonable, or foreseeable benefit to the candidate's campaign or public office. Complaints of alleged violations may be made to the State Board of Elections (State Board) by any person who contributed to the candidate or candidate's campaign committee. The subject of the complaint has 30 days to either (i) reimburse the campaign committee the complained-of amount or (ii) provide to the State Board documentation or other evidence that the use of the campaign funds had an intended, reasonable, or foreseeable benefit to the campaign or the candidate's public office. If the subject of the complaint provides such documentation or other evidence, the State Board shall review the response made by the subject of the complaint, and determine whether the use of campaign funds had any intended, reasonable, or foreseeable benefit to the campaign or the candidate's public office. The bill amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow closed meetings for the State Board to review such complaints. If the State Board determines that there were no intended, reasonable, or foreseeable benefits and the complained-of amount has not been reimbursed, it shall call a public hearing. If the complaining party declines to participate in the hearing, the complaint shall be dismissed. A person found by a unanimous vote of the State Board to have willfully and knowingly violated the prohibition on personal use of campaign contributions must repay to the campaign committee the amount unlawfully converted to the personal use of the candidate or a member of the candidate's immediate family and must return to the complaining party the full amount of the complaining party's contribution to the campaign. The State Board may also assess an additional civil penalty, in an amount not to exceed $ 250. The person found to be in violation may seek review under the Administrative Process Act. The bill authorizes the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council (Council) to issue formal advisory opinions regarding the provisions governing the personal use of campaign funds pursuant to the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act of 2006 (?§24.2-945 et seq.). A person who has relied on such an opinion in good faith after he provides full disclosure of the facts will not be subject to the penalties outlined in the bill. In addition, the Council will be required to develop and publish guidance on the provisions of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act that prohibit the personal use of campaign funds. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2019.

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Campaign finance; prohibited personal use, civil penalty.


Roll Calls

2018-02-28 - Senate - Senate: Rereferred from Rules (14-Y 1-N) (Y: 14 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-13 - House - House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (Y: 100 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-09 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (Y: 16 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-07 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N) (Y: 7 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-02 - House - House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N) (Y: 22 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2018-03-06SenateLeft in Finance
2018-02-28SenateRereferred to Finance
2018-02-28SenateRereferred from Rules (14-Y 1-N)
2018-02-14SenateReferred to Committee on Rules
2018-02-14SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2018-02-13HouseVOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
2018-02-13HouseRead third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
2018-02-12HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB122H1
2018-02-12HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 18106779D-H1
2018-02-12HouseRead second time
2018-02-10HouseRead first time
2018-02-09HouseCommittee substitute printed 18106779D-H1
2018-02-09HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
2018-02-07HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
2018-02-06HouseAssigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
2018-02-02HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2018-02-02HouseReported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N)
2018-01-26HouseReferred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
2018-01-26HouseReferred from Rules by voice vote
2017-12-18HouseReferred to Committee on Rules
2017-12-18HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101903D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
242948.4(n/a)See Bill Text
242948.5(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments