SB 45 – Prohibits Certain Types of “Mass Mailings.”

Category: Public Education
Date: Dec 4, 2017 04:29 PM

The Political Reform Act prohibits sending a mass mailing of over 200 similar pieces of mail at public expense. The Fair Political Practices Commission has adopted regulations defining which mass mailings are prohibited and which are permissible.

SB 45 puts the content of the FPPC regulations into the Political Reform Act itself. The bill also prohibits a mass mailing from being sent within 60 days of an election by or on behalf of a candidate who will appear on the ballot.

Agency executives and elected officials should be reminded that public funds cannot be used to send mass mailings during an election.

(SB 45 adds Sections 89002 and 89003 to the Government Code.)

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