Campaign finance reform legislation, sponsored by State Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), has been reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Election Laws.
Under House Bill 573, An Act relative to municipal election ballots, current campaign finance report law is extended to municipal candidates who file with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Under current law, candidates for state or county who fail to file campaign finance reports cannot appear on a primary or election ballot. Yet, to date, this law has not applied to municipal candidates.
“This is common sense legislation that will hold municipal candidates to the same professional standards as county and state candidates,” said DiZoglio. “This legislation will ensure our electoral process is fair and equitable across the board regarding people who run for public office."
"This legislation is excellent and needed,” said Election Laws Committee Vice Chair Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen). “It provides the Office of Campaign Finance with an effective enforcement tool.”
“Rep. DiZoglio is a valued member of the Election Laws Committee and I commend her strong advocacy for her constituents,” said Election Laws Committee Chairman James Murphy (D-Weymouth).