HB 259

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

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Ron Simmons

Bill Caption

Relating to the regulation of electioneering at a polling location.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: The Election Code sets a perimeter around polling places. Within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling area, no electioneering may take place. HB 259 ensures that the owners and operators of a public building that is hosting balloting do not restrict any electioneering happening outside of that perimeter, even if it is still on the premises controlled by the building's operator. 

Analysis: HB 259 removes regulations without endangering the validity and integrity of individual votes. An attempt to prohibit electioneering beyond the already specified 100 feet, would be limiting free speech. This bill serves to protect individual rights by ensuring that people are able to participate in the electoral process, including conducting campaign operations outside of the 100 foot perimeter.  TPPA supports HB 259.