Senate Finance Reporting Measure Going To Governor

Frankfort, KY. — Legislation that would require all candidates for public office in Kentucky to electronically file their campaign finance reports starting in 2020 has passed the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, received final passage in the House by a vote of 68-26. The bill passed the Senate earlier this session on a 34-2 vote. Current law only requires that candidates for statewide office electronically file – or e-file—their campaign finance reports, according to Senate testimony last month. Those include candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner. Candidates whose campaigns raise less than $3,000 during a reporting period would be exempt from the new e-filing requirement under SB 4. SB 4 will soon go to the governor for his signature or to otherwise become law.