The Restore Confidence in Government legislation (HB 351/SB 352) now pending in the General Assembly will be the subject of a House Committee on Elections hearing tomorrow at 1 p.m., according to Rep. Tim Moffitt’s office, and public comment on the bill is still being received. To send comments, click here.
Key provisions of the bill include a photo ID requirement for voters; limiting the chair of the State Board of Elections to two terms of two years each; requiring liability of candidates for civil penalties for campaign finance violations; prohibiting piece-work payment for voter registration drives; and preventing conflict of interest and its appearance involving political contributions by state contractors. To see the full text, click here.
The House version of the bill is co-sponsored by Moffitt, a Buncombe County Republican; one of the Senate version’s primary sponsors is WNC Republican Ralph Hise, with co-sponsorship including Tom Apodaca, Republican of Hendersonville whose district contains a portion of Buncombe County, and Jim Davis, Republican of Franklin.
by Nelda Holder, contributing editor