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Senate Bill 0290

Senate Bill 0290

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Disclosure of persuasion polls. Defines a "persuasion poll" as a telephone survey that: (1) includes more than 500 calls; (2) references a candidate in any election or caucus; and (3) is designed to provide negative information about a candidate or to influence the respondent to vote for or against a candidate. Prohibits a person from sponsoring, authorizing, conducting, or administering a persuasion poll unless the caller identifies at the end of the call the person sponsoring and authorizing the call. Requires that if a candidate's committee neither sponsors nor authorizes a call, the caller must state that the call is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. Makes a violation of these provisions a Class B misdemeanor. Provides that a candidate, candidate's committee, regular party committee, political action committee, or legislative caucus committee that sponsors a persuasion poll that violates these provisions is subject to a civil penalty of up to three times the amount expended in sponsoring the poll. Provides that a person who authorizes, conducts, or administers a persuasion poll that violates these provisions must pay a civil penalty of $50 for each offending call, up to a maximum civil penalty of $1,000 for each poll conducted, plus any investigative costs incurred.
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    In Committee - first House
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