By Thompson                                           H.B. No. 1286
         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.
 1-6           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.