HBA-JEK, NRS H.B. 654 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 654 By: Averitt Elections 2/27/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a political contribution may be made to a statewide officeholder, member of the legislature, or to certain specific-purpose committees until the 30th day before a regular legislative session begins, which means that contributions may be received after election results are final. House Bill 654 lengthens the period during which political contributions made to statewide officeholders, members of the legislature, or a specific-purpose committee for supporting, opposing, or assisting a statewide officeholder or member of the legislature are prohibited. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 654 amends the Election Code to extend the period during which a person is prohibited from making a political contribution to a statewide officeholder, member of the legislature, or a specific-purpose committee for supporting, opposing, or assisting a statewide officeholder or member of the legislature. The bill extends the period from the 30th day before the date a regular legislative session convenes to the day after the date of the general election for state and county officers preceding a regular legislative session through the day of final adjournment of that legislative session. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.