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File #: 2020-786    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/9/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/17/2020 Final action:
Title: CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION, ESTABLISHING "NO LIMIT" AS THE LIMIT APPLICABLE TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO CITY OFFICES
Attachments: 1. Resolution Setting Campaign Contribution Limit
Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Consent


SUBJECT:
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CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION, ESTABLISHING "NO LIMIT" AS THE LIMIT APPLICABLE TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO CITY OFFICES

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I. SUMMARY

Beginning on January 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 571 (AB 571) will impose statewide default campaign contribution limits applicable to campaigns for elective city offices in cities which have not established limits of their own, but will allow cities to continue to be permitted to enact their own local limits. Cities may adopt limits that are higher or lower than the default state limits, and the FPPC has opined that a city may also adopt "no limit" as its limit and thereby avoid the state default limits.
The City currently has no established local limit applicable to elections for City offices. The proposed resolution would establish "no limit" as the campaign contribution limit applicable to campaigns for elective City offices.


II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation

1. Consider adopting A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CARSON ESTABLISHING "NO LIMIT" AS THE LIMIT APPLICABLE TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIONS FOR CITY OFFICES.


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III. ALTERNATIVES

DO NOT APPROVE the proposed resolution and allow the State law default campaign contribution limits to become effective within the City.
DIRECT staff to return with an ordinance imposing campaign contribution limits distinct from those imposed by the State.
TAKE another action the City Council deems appropriate.


IV. BACKGROUND

The City of Carson currently does not have any established local campaign contribution limits for candidates in City elections. Last year the California legislature enacted Assembly Bill 571 (AB 571) which, beginning January 1, 2021, will impose campaign contribution limits currently applicable to certain State offices (those that are not elected statewide) upon local elections in cities that do not ha...

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