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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
False campaign material. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a person to intentionally participate in the preparation, dissemination, or broadcast of paid political advertising or campaign material, or in the drafting of a letter to the editor, that: (1) concerns the personal or political character or act of a candidate or the effect of a ballot question; and (2) is designed to or tends to elect, injure, promote, or defeat the candidate or promote or defeat the public question; if the advertising or campaign material or the letter contains information or a statement that was false and the person knew of the falsity or acted with reckless disregard as to truth or falsity. Exempts a person who merely disseminates or broadcasts the material or letter in the normal course of business. Provides that a candidate for nomination or election to public office (if successful) forfeits the nomination or public office if the candidate commits a violation, unless the candidate's violation was trivial or occurred despite the candidate's good faith.