H.R. 3487: To Amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to Extend through 2018 the Authority of the Federal Election Commission to Impose Civil Money Penalties on the Basis of a Schedule of Penalties Established and Published by the Commission to Expand Such Authority

H.R. 3487

To Amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to Extend through 2018 the Authority of the Federal Election Commission to Impose Civil Money Penalties on the Basis of a Schedule of Penalties Established and Published by the Commission to Expand Such Authority

Date
November 18, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

On Monday, November 18, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 3487, a bill to Amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to Extend through 2018 the Authority of the Federal Election Commission to Impose Civil Money Penalties on the Basis of a Schedule of Penalties Established and Published by the Commission, to Expand Such Authority to Certain other Violations, and for other purposes, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on November 14, 2013, by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) and referred to the House Committee on Administration. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 3487 would extend the authority of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to assess civil money penalties (through the Administrative Fine Program), through 2018.  The bill would also include party committees, independent expenditure reports, convention committees, and other entities regulated by the FEC under the Administrative Fines Program. 

Background

The Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Administrative Fines Program was implemented in 2000 to “assess civil money penalties (or fines) for violations involving (1) failure to report on time; (2) failure to file reports at all; and (3) failure to file 48-hour notices.”  These fines are calculated using published schedules.  The program’s legislative authority would expire on December 31, 2013.

The Administrative Fines Program was extended in the 110th Congress by voice vote.

Cost

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Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.