85R13773 ATP-D
  By: Rose H.B. No. 4211
  relating to the electronic filing of reports of political
  contributions and expenditures with populous counties.
         SECTION 1.  Sections 254.036(a), (b), (c), and (f), Election
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Each report filed under this chapter to which Subsection
  (b) does not apply [with an authority other than the commission]
  must be in a format prescribed by the commission. A report filed
  with the commission that is not required to be filed by computer
  diskette, modem, or other means of electronic transfer must be on a
  form prescribed by the commission and written in black ink or typed
  with black typewriter ribbon or, if the report is a computer
  printout, the printout must conform to the same format and paper
  size as the form prescribed by the commission.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c) or (e), each report
  filed under this chapter with the commission or the county clerk of
  a county with a population of 800,000 or more must be filed by
  computer diskette, modem, or other means of electronic transfer,
  using computer software provided by the commission or computer
  software that meets commission specifications for a standard file
         (c)  A candidate, officeholder, or political committee to
  whom Subsection (b) applies [that is required to file reports with
  the commission] may file reports that comply with Subsection (a)
               (1)  the candidate, officeholder, or campaign
  treasurer of the committee files with the authority with whom
  reports under this chapter are filed [commission] an affidavit
  stating that the candidate, officeholder, or committee, an agent of
  the candidate, officeholder, or committee, or a person with whom
  the candidate, officeholder, or committee contracts does not use
  computer equipment to keep the current records of political
  contributions, political expenditures, or persons making political
  contributions to the candidate, officeholder, or committee; and
               (2)  the candidate, officeholder, or committee does
  not, in a calendar year, accept political contributions that in the
  aggregate exceed $20,000 or make political expenditures that in the
  aggregate exceed $20,000.
         (f)  In prescribing the format of a report filed under
  Subsection (a) [this chapter with an authority other than the
  commission], the commission shall ensure that:
               (1)  a report may be filed:
                     (A)  by first class United States mail or common
  or contract carrier;
                     (B)  by personal delivery; or
                     (C)  by electronic filing, if the authority with
  whom the report is required to be filed has adopted rules and
  procedures to provide for the electronic filing of the report and
  the report is filed in accordance with those rules and procedures;
               (2)  an authority with whom a report is electronically
  filed issues an electronic receipt for the report to the person
  filing the report.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.