Committee: Fiscal Responsibility and Economic DevelopmentSponsor: Orr
Analyst: Daniel DavenportDate: 03/16/2022


Senate Bill 313 as introduced would prohibit public officials and public employees, in their official capacity, from expending public funds on activities advocating in favor of or against a statewide or local ballot measure and from the improper use of public property for political activities. This could increase receipts to the State General Fund and municipal general funds from fines; increase receipts to the State General Fund, county general funds, municipal general funds, and other funds to which court costs are deposited; and could increase the obligations of the State General Fund, district attorneys, and local jails by an undetermined amount dependent upon the number of persons charged with and convicted of the offenses provided by this bill and the penalties imposed.

As substituted and reported by the Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development, the bill removes the Class A misdemeanor for violating the provisions of this bill and the corresponding fiscal impact to the State General Fund, county and municipal general funds, district attorneys and local jails; and provides that violations by any public official or public employee who votes or takes other official action to expend public funds, as determined by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, shall be subject to a demand for repayment.

 Steve Livingston, Chairperson
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development