Chief Sponsor: Joel K. Briscoe

Senate Sponsor: ____________


9     General Description:
10          This bill requires the lieutenant governor to conduct a study on public funding of
11     political campaigns.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This bill:
14          ▸     requires the lieutenant governor to conduct a study on public funding of political
15     campaigns;
16          ▸     describes requirements for the study; and
17          ▸     requires the lieutenant governor to present the study to the Government Operations
18     Interim Committee.
19     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20          None
21     Other Special Clauses:
22          None
23     Utah Code Sections Affected:
24     AMENDS:
25          63I-2-267, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 278
26          67-1a-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 348

28     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29          Section 1. Section 63I-2-267 is amended to read:
30          63I-2-267. Repeal dates -- Title 67.
31          Subsections 67-1a-14(4) through (6) are repealed on July 1, 2021.
32          Section 2. Section 67-1a-14 is amended to read:
33          67-1a-14. Studies -- Report.
34          (1) As used in this section, "petition" means a petition to:
35          (a) qualify a ballot proposition for the ballot under Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues
36     Submitted to the Voters;
37          (b) organize and register a political party under Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party
38     Formation and Procedures; or
39          (c) qualify a candidate for the ballot under Title 20A, Chapter 9, Candidate
40     Qualifications and Nominating Procedures.
41          (2) The lieutenant governor, in consultation with a county clerk and municipal clerk,
42     shall study a way that a registered voter may sign a petition on the Internet and receive
43     information about the petition on the Internet.
44          (3) The study shall evaluate:
45          (a) how to sign a petition on the Internet using a holographic signature that is in an
46     electronic format maintained by a government agency;
47          (b) the security, development, ownership, management, format, and content of a secure
48     Internet portal or website on which a registered voter may sign a petition;
49          (c) the security measures necessary to:
50          (i) verify the identity of a registered voter who signs a petition on the Internet; and
51          (ii) insure the integrity of a signature;
52          (d) changes to the process of collecting, verifying, and certifying a signature, if the
53     signature is collected on the Internet;
54          (e) whether verification is necessary for signatures collected on the Internet;
55          (f) which election official should be responsible for the certification of signatures
56     collected on the Internet;
57          (g) whether signatures on a petition should be public information;
58          (h) the removal process of a signature collected on the Internet;

59          (i) what percentage of signatures should be collected on the Internet or in person,
60     statewide or by Senate district;
61          (j) what information regarding the petition should be available on the secure Internet
62     portal or website, including who may submit the information and by what deadline information
63     should be submitted;
64          (k) the time the lieutenant governor, county clerk, or municipal clerk may spend
65     certifying a petition if a registered voter is allowed to sign a petition on the Internet;
66          (l) the processes, if any, that exists in other states to allow a registered voter to sign a
67     petition on the Internet; and
68          (m) any other issue related to allowing a registered voter to sign a petition on the
69     Internet.
70          (4) The lieutenant governor shall conduct a study regarding public funding of political
71     campaigns.
72          (5) The study described in Subsection (4) shall include information on, and an analysis
73     of, the following:
74          (a) the different methods for public funding of campaigns used by states and
75     municipalities and other methods that have been suggested in scholarly articles or other
76     publications;
77          (b) the funding sources and methods used in states and municipalities, or that have
78     been suggested for use, to publicly fund campaigns;
79          (c) the pros and cons of:
80          (i) publicly funding campaigns; and
81          (ii) the methods described in Subsections (5)(a) and (b);
82          (d) how public funding of campaigns might be used in Utah statewide, for only
83     municipalities, or as a pilot program for certain jurisdictions;
84          (e) the potential costs of requiring, or permitting, public funding of campaigns; and
85          (f) other matters that the lieutenant governor determines to be useful in considering the
86     public funding of campaigns in Utah.
87          (6) The lieutenant governor shall present the study described in Subsections (4) and (5)
88     to the Government Operations Interim Committee before July 1, 2021.