By Thompson, Brimer, Turner of Coleman, H.B. No. 1286 Lewis of Orange, Wilson 77R4980 ESH-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the use of funds raised for federal office in 1-3 connection with an office of state government; providing a criminal 1-4 penalty. 1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-6 SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 253, Election Code, is 1-7 amended by adding Section 253.0321 to read as follows: 1-8 Sec. 253.0321. USE OF FUNDS RAISED FOR FEDERAL OFFICE 1-9 PROHIBITED. (a) A person may not knowingly use or authorize the 1-10 use of funds accepted by or on behalf of the person for a campaign 1-11 for federal office to make a political contribution or political 1-12 expenditure in connection with a campaign by the person for an 1-13 office of the state government. 1-14 (b) A person who violates this section commits an offense. 1-15 An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. 1-16 SECTION 2. Section 253.0321, Election Code, as added by this 1-17 Act, applies only to a political contribution or political 1-18 expenditure made on or after September 1, 2001. A political 1-19 contribution or political expenditure made before September 1, 1-20 2001, is governed by the law in effect on the date the contribution 1-21 or expenditure was made, and the former law is continued in effect 1-22 for that purpose. 1-23 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.