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HB 1605 ADOPTED IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE!!!!

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  • Leenie ****
    Fellow Greens Great news!!! Today, the Louisiana House & Senate overwhelmingly voted for adopting HB 1605. After the conference committee negotiated a
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      Fellow Greens

      Great news!!!

      Today, the Louisiana House & Senate overwhelmingly voted for adopting HB 1605.

      After the conference committee negotiated a compromise, the bill still leaves intact the legislation allowing party recognition by having at least 1000 registered voters and paying a $1000 fee.

      I have attached the abstract of the bill below.

      Please email me for a pdf copy of the adopted bill or go to
      www.legis.state.la.us
      and search for HB 1605.

      The bill now awaits Governor Blanco's signature.
      That's all.

      So, please, take the time to contact Governor Blanco and tell her to sign HB 1605 into law.

      To contact the Governor's Office:

      In order to receive a written response from her office, you must please provide your name, mailing address and phone number.

      Send written correspondence to the address below:

      Office of the Governor
      Attn: Constituent Services
      P.O. Box 94004
      Baton Rouge, LA. 70804-9004

      Telephone Number: (225) 342-0991 or 342-7015
      Facsimile: (225) 342-7099


      If you want to email Governor Blanco, you have to use a web form.
      Here is the link to the web form:

      http://www.gov.state.la.us/govemail.asp

      Peace

      Leenie


      Daniel HB No. 1605

      Abstract: Provides for certain political parties to become recognized political parties. Also provides relative to party affiliation appearing on the ballot.

      Present law provides for a political party to be recognized in this state if one of its candidates for presidential elector received at least 5% of the votes cast for presidential electors in the last presidential election or if at least 5% of the registered voters in the state are registered as being affiliated with that political party.
      Proposed law provides that a party can become recognized if 90 days prior to the opening of qualifying for any election at least 1,000 registered voters are registered as affiliated with such political party. Requires such party to file a notarized registration statement with the secretary of state and pay a registration fee of $1,000. Prohibits the secretary of state from accepting a registration statement if the name of the party is identical or deceptively similar to another political party, deliberately misleading or fraudulent, or an emblem submitted by the party is deceptively similar to an emblem or trademark of an existing political party.
      Provides for procedures for objecting to and nullification of the registration statement of a political party. Provides that if a political party becomes recognized pursuant to proposed law, it shall lose its recognition if, for a period of four consecutive years, no registered member of that party qualifies as a candidate. Provides for judicial review of determinations made by the secretary of state pursuant to proposed law in the 19th Judicial District Court.
      Proposed law prohibits any political party from being recognized if it declares its name to be solely "Independent" or the "Independent Party".
      Proposed law provides that political parties that have received recognition pursuant to proposed law above shall not be entitled to representation on a parish board of election supervisors, nor shall such party be subject to the provisions of present law relative to the organization, composition, and apportionment of state central committees and parish executive committees (R.S. 18:443-446) unless at least 5% of the registered voters in the state are registered as being affiliated with such political party.
      Proposed law retains present law relative to a party becoming recognized if a candidate of the political party for presidential elector received at least 5% of the votes cast in La. in the last presidential election but also provides that a party may become recognized if any one candidate of the political party for any statewide office received at least 5% of the votes cast for the statewide office in any primary or general election. Provides that a party so recognized shall lose recognition if it no longer complies with provisions of proposed law for any period of four consecutive years.
      Present law provides that any political party which receives more than 5% but less than 10% of the votes cast in the last presidential election is not entitled to representation on a parish board of election supervisors.
      Proposed law provides that political parties that have received recognition pursuant to proposed law above shall not be entitled to representation on a parish board of election supervisors nor shall such party be subject to the provisions of present law relative to the organization, composition, and apportionment of state central committees and parish
      executive committees (R.S. 18:443-446) unless the candidate or candidates as provided forin proposed law receive at least 10% of the votes cast for their respective offices in the most
      recent election in which a candidate or candidates for such party received the number of votes as required by present law.
      Present law provides for the political party designation of a candidate who is registered as being affiliated with a recognized political party to be listed on the primary or general election ballot on the same line, immediately after or below the candidate’s name. Provides for the space after the candidate’s name to remain blank if the candidate is not affiliated with a political party.
      Proposed law retains present law, except specifies that if a candidate is not affiliated with a recognized political party, the space after his name shall be left blank. Also provides for the word "independent" to be printed in the space after the candidate’s name if the candidate is not affiliated with any political party.
      Present law provides for penalties for election offenses, including for any person who knowingly, willfully, or intentionally intimidates, directly or indirectly, any voter or prospective voter in matters concerning voting or nonvoting or registration or nonregistration.
      Proposed law retains present law but adds the election offenses of knowingly, willfully, or intentionally deceiving or misinforming any voter or prospective voter in any matter concerning the voluntary affiliation or nonaffiliation of a voter with any political party.
      Effective January 1, 2005.
      (Amends R.S. 18:441, 551(D), and 1461(A)(6))
      Summary of Amendments Adopted by House
      Committee Amendments Proposed by House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs to the original bill.
      1. In prohibiting the secretary of state from accepting the registration statement of a political party whose name or emblem is deceptively similar to any other existing political party, deletes language that would also prohibit a name or emblem deceptively similar to any other existing corporation, association, or organization.
      2. Removes provision of proposed law that would prohibit the secretary of state from accepting the registration statement of a political party whose name is obscene, defamatory, or patently insulting to any ethnic, religious, or
      demographic group.
      3. Removes provision of proposed law that would prohibit the secretary of state from accepting the registration statement of a political party when circumstances plainly indicated that the person submitting such statement did not intend to form a bona fide political party.
      4. Adds the term "solely" in prohibition on recognizing a political party which declares its name to be solely "Independent" or the "Independent Party".
      5. Removes provision of proposed law that would allow for recognition of a political party if any two candidates of the political party, running in an election district with a population in excess of 35,000 persons, each received at least 5% of the votes cast for their respective offices.
      6. Changes provision relative to any party, corporation, association, organization, or individual aggrieved by the filing of a registration statement prohibited by proposed law to apply to any person aggrieved by such filing.
      7. Makes technical changes.
      House Floor Amendments to the engrossed bill.
      1. Changes provision relative to what shall appear in the space after a candidate’s name on the ballot from being blank if the candidate is not affiliated with a recognized political party or is affiliated with no party to being blank if a candidate is not affiliated with a recognized political party and provides that "independent" shall appear after the candidate’s name if the candidate is not affiliated with any political party.
      2. Makes technical changes.
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