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HF 538

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/23/2015 03:52pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 02/02/2015

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A bill for an act
relating to campaign finance; repealing the political contribution refund;
repealing the public subsidy program and related expenditure limits; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 10A.01, subdivision 26; 10A.105, subdivision
1; 10A.257, subdivision 1; 270A.03, subdivision 7; 289A.50, subdivision 1;
290.01, subdivision 6; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 10A.25,
subdivisions 1, 2, 2a, 3, 3a, 5, 10; 10A.255, subdivisions 1, 3; 10A.30; 10A.31,
subdivisions 1, 3, 3a, 4, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, 7, 7a, 10, 10a, 10b, 11; 10A.315; 10A.321;
10A.322, subdivisions 1, 2, 4; 10A.323; 10A.324, subdivisions 1, 3; 13.4967,
subdivision 2; 290.06, subdivision 23; Minnesota Rules, parts 4503.1400,
subparts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; 4503.1450.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 10A.01, subdivision 26, is amended to read:


Subd. 26.

Noncampaign disbursement.

"Noncampaign disbursement" means
a purchase or payment of money or anything of value made, or an advance of credit
incurred, or a donation in kind received, by a principal campaign committee for any of
the following purposes:

(1) payment for accounting and legal services;

(2) return of a contribution to the source;

(3) repayment of a loan made to the principal campaign committee by that committee;

(4) deleted text beginreturn of a public subsidy;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end payment for food, beverages, and necessary utensils and supplies, entertainment,
and facility rental for a fund-raising event;

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end services for a constituent by a member of the legislature or a constitutional
officer in the executive branch, including the costs of preparing and distributing a
suggestion or idea solicitation to constituents, performed from the beginning of the term
of office to adjournment sine die of the legislature in the election year for the office
held, and half the cost of services for a constituent by a member of the legislature or a
constitutional officer in the executive branch performed from adjournment sine die to 60
days after adjournment sine die;

deleted text begin (7)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end payment for food and beverages consumed by a candidate or volunteers while
they are engaged in campaign activities;

deleted text begin (8)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end payment for food or a beverage consumed while attending a reception or
meeting directly related to legislative duties;

deleted text begin (9)deleted text endnew text begin (8)new text end payment of expenses incurred by elected or appointed leaders of a legislative
caucus in carrying out their leadership responsibilities;

deleted text begin (10)deleted text endnew text begin (9)new text end payment by a principal campaign committee of the candidate's expenses
for serving in public office, other than for personal uses;

deleted text begin (11)deleted text endnew text begin (10)new text end costs of child care for the candidate's children when campaigning;

deleted text begin (12)deleted text endnew text begin (11)new text end fees paid to attend a campaign school;

deleted text begin (13)deleted text endnew text begin (12)new text end costs of a postelection party during the election year when a candidate's
name will no longer appear on a ballot or the general election is concluded, whichever
occurs first;

deleted text begin (14)deleted text endnew text begin (13)new text end interest on loans paid by a principal campaign committee on outstanding
loans;

deleted text begin (15)deleted text endnew text begin (14)new text end filing fees;

deleted text begin (16)deleted text endnew text begin (15)new text end post-general election holiday or seasonal cards, thank-you notes, or
advertisements in the news media mailed or published prior to the end of the election cycle;

deleted text begin (17)deleted text endnew text begin (16)new text end the cost of campaign material purchased to replace defective campaign
material, if the defective material is destroyed without being used;

deleted text begin (18)deleted text endnew text begin (17)new text end contributions to a party unit;

deleted text begin (19)deleted text endnew text begin (18)new text end payments for funeral gifts or memorials;

deleted text begin (20)deleted text endnew text begin (19)new text end the cost of a magnet less than six inches in diameter containing legislator
contact information and distributed to constituents;

deleted text begin (21)deleted text endnew text begin (20)new text end costs associated with a candidate attending a political party state or national
convention in this state;

deleted text begin (22)deleted text endnew text begin (21)new text end other purchases or payments specified in board rules or advisory opinions
as being for any purpose other than to influence the nomination or election of a candidate
or to promote or defeat a ballot question; and

deleted text begin (23)deleted text endnew text begin (22)new text end costs paid to a third party for processing contributions made by a credit
card, debit card, or electronic check.

The board must determine whether an activity involves a noncampaign disbursement
within the meaning of this subdivision.

A noncampaign disbursement is considered to be made in the year in which the
candidate made the purchase of goods or services or incurred an obligation to pay for
goods or services.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2015, and applies to elections
held on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 10A.105, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Single committee.

A candidate must not accept contributions
from a source, other than self, in aggregate in excess of $750 deleted text beginor accept a public subsidydeleted text end
unless the candidate designates and causes to be formed a single principal campaign
committee for each office sought. A candidate may not authorize, designate, or cause to be
formed any other political committee bearing the candidate's name or title or otherwise
operating under the direct or indirect control of the candidate. However, a candidate may
be involved in the direct or indirect control of a party unit.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2015, and applies to elections
held on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 10A.257, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Unused funds.

new text beginFor election cycles ending on or before December
31, 2016,
new text endafter all campaign expenditures and noncampaign disbursements for an election
cycle have been made, an amount up to 25 percent of thenew text begin 2014new text end election cycle expenditure
limit for the office may be carried forward. Any remaining amount up to the total amount of
the new text begin2014 new text endpublic subsidy from the state elections campaign fund must be returned to the state
treasury for credit to the general fund under section 10A.324. Any remaining amount in
excess of the new text begin2014 new text endtotal public subsidy must be contributed to the state elections campaign
account or a political party for multicandidate expenditures as defined in section 10A.275.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2015, and applies to elections
held on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 270A.03, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Refund.

"Refund" means an individual income tax refund deleted text beginor political
contribution refund
deleted text end, pursuant to chapter 290, or a property tax credit or refund, pursuant to
chapter 290A, or a sustainable forest payment to a claimant under chapter 290C.

For purposes of this chapter, lottery prizes, as set forth in section 349A.08, subdivision
8
, and amounts granted to persons by the legislature on the recommendation of the joint
senate-house of representatives Subcommittee on Claims shall be treated as refunds.

In the case of a joint property tax refund payable to spouses under chapter 290A,
the refund shall be considered as belonging to each spouse in the proportion of the total
refund that equals each spouse's proportion of the total income determined under section
290A.03, subdivision 3. In the case of a joint income tax refund under chapter 289A, the
refund shall be considered as belonging to each spouse in the proportion of the total
refund that equals each spouse's proportion of the total taxable income determined under
section 290.01, subdivision 29. The commissioner shall remit the entire refund to the
claimant agency, which shall, upon the request of the spouse who does not owe the debt,
determine the amount of the refund belonging to that spouse and refund the amount to
that spouse. For court fines, fees, and surcharges and court-ordered restitution under
section 611A.04, subdivision 2, the notice provided by the commissioner of revenue under
section 270A.07, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), serves as the appropriate legal notice
to the spouse who does not owe the debt.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for political contribution refund
claims based on contributions made on or after July 1, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 289A.50, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General right to refund.

(a) Subject to the requirements of this
section and section 289A.40, a taxpayer who has paid a tax in excess of the taxes lawfully
due and who files a written claim for refund will be refunded or credited the overpayment
of the tax determined by the commissioner to be erroneously paid.

(b) The claim must specify the name of the taxpayer, the date when and the period
for which the tax was paid, the kind of tax paid, the amount of the tax that the taxpayer
claims was erroneously paid, the grounds on which a refund is claimed, and other
information relative to the payment and in the form required by the commissioner. An
income tax, estate tax, or corporate franchise tax return, or amended return claiming an
overpayment constitutes a claim for refund.

(c) When, in the course of an examination, and within the time for requesting a
refund, the commissioner determines that there has been an overpayment of tax, the
commissioner shall refund or credit the overpayment to the taxpayer and no demand
is necessary. If the overpayment exceeds $1, the amount of the overpayment must
be refunded to the taxpayer. If the amount of the overpayment is less than $1, the
commissioner is not required to refund. In these situations, the commissioner does not
have to make written findings or serve notice by mail to the taxpayer.

(d) If the amount allowable as a credit for withholding, estimated taxes, or dependent
care exceeds the tax against which the credit is allowable, the amount of the excess is
considered an overpayment. deleted text beginThe refund allowed by section 290.06, subdivision 23, is also
considered an overpayment.
deleted text end The requirements of section 270C.33 do not apply to the
refunding of such an overpayment shown on the original return filed by a taxpayer.

(e) If the entertainment tax withheld at the source exceeds by $1 or more the taxes,
penalties, and interest reported in the return of the entertainment entity or imposed by
section 290.9201, the excess must be refunded to the entertainment entity. If the excess is
less than $1, the commissioner need not refund that amount.

(f) If the surety deposit required for a construction contract exceeds the liability of
the out-of-state contractor, the commissioner shall refund the difference to the contractor.

(g) An action of the commissioner in refunding the amount of the overpayment does
not constitute a determination of the correctness of the return of the taxpayer.

(h) There is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of revenue the
amount necessary to pay refunds allowed under this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for political contribution refund
claims based on contributions made on or after July 1, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 290.01, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Taxpayer.

The term "taxpayer" means any person or corporation subject to
a tax imposed by this chapter. deleted text beginFor purposes of section 290.06, subdivision 23, the term
"taxpayer" means an individual eligible to vote in Minnesota under section 201.014.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for political contribution refund
claims based on contributions made on or after July 1, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 10A.25, subdivisions 1, 2, 2a, 3, 3a, 5, and 10;
10A.255, subdivisions 1 and 3; 10A.30; 10A.31, subdivisions 1, 3, 3a, 4, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, 7,
7a, 10, 10a, 10b, and 11; 10A.315; 10A.321; 10A.322, subdivisions 1, 2, and 4; 10A.323;
and 10A.324, subdivisions 1 and 3,
new text end new text begin and new text end new text begin Minnesota Rules, parts 4503.1400, subparts 2, 3,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; and 4503.1450,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 13.4967, subdivision 2; and 290.06,
subdivision 23,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Paragraph (a) is effective July 1, 2015, and applies to
elections held on or after that date. Paragraph (b) is effective for contributions made
after June 30, 2015.
new text end