HB 998

85(R) - 2017
House Elections
Senate State Affairs
House Elections
Senate State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive


Carol Alvarado


Borris Miles

Bill Caption

Relating to the confidentiality of certain information stored as part of the preparation of campaign finance reports required to be filed with the clerks of certain counties and municipalities. 

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would clarify that electronic data related to campaign finance reports that is saved in temporary storage at the authority with whom the report was filed for later retrieval is confidential and not subject to public information requests until after the report is filed with the authority.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This change is in keeping with the principle of individual liberty as it protects an individual's right to privacy until the campaign finance report is filed with the authority. An initial unfinished report should not become public information because it could lead people to draw wrong conclusions based in incomplete information. For these reasons we support HB 998.