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HOUSE BILL NO. 546 – Political/campaign finance/ethics


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H0546......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
to create a Political and Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission to hear
complaints regarding conduct of campaigns, and to conduct ongoing study and
make recommendations concerning the conduct of campaigns, lobbying and, in
general, ethics in the conduct of government business.

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 ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 1998

                             IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                    HOUSE BILL NO. 546

                                BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

 1                                        AN ACT

 9    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

10        SECTION 1.  That Chapter 66, Title 67, Idaho Code, be,  and  the  same  is
11    hereby  amended  by  the addition thereto of a  NEW SECTION , to be
12    known and designated as Section 67-6629, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:

14    POWERS AND DUTIES. (1) There is hereby created within the office of the secre-
15    tary  of  state the political and campaign finance and ethics commission. Mem-
16    bership on the commission shall  be  as  follows:  one  (1)  member  shall  be
17    appointed by the governor, one (1) member shall be appointed by the chief jus-
18    tice  of the supreme court, one (1) member appointed by the president pro tem-
19    pore of the senate and the speaker of the house of  representatives,  and  one
20    (1)  member  appointed  by the minority leaders of the senate and the house of
21    representatives. These four (4) members shall select a fifth member.  No  more
22    than  three  (3)  members  of  the commission shall be from the same political
23    party. Of those members first appointed, the appointee of  the  president  pro
24    tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives, and the
25    appointee  of  the minority leaders of the senate and the house of representa-
26    tives shall first serve a term of two (2) years, and the remaining  appointees
27    shall  serve a term of four (4) years. Thereafter, the term of office for mem-
28    bers of the commission shall be for four (4) years. The  appointing  authority
29    may  remove  a  member  for  cause and the appointing authority shall fill all
30    vacancies that occur from a member the authority appointed within thirty  (30)
31    days  of  the  occurrence of the vacancy.  No  member of the commission during
32    his tenure on the commission shall  hold or campaign for elective office;   be
33    an  officer of any political party or political committee;  permit his name to
34    be used or make contributions in support of or in opposition to any  candidate
35    or  ballot  measure;  participate in any way in any election campaign or lobby
36    or employ or assist a lobbyist.  Three (3) members  of  the  commission  shall
37    constitute  a  quorum.   Members  shall be compensated as provided by  section
38    59-509(g), Idaho Code.  The commission shall elect its own chairman and  adopt
39    its  own  rules  of  procedure  in compliance with chapter 52, title 67, Idaho
40    Code.
41        (2)  Any person who believes that there has been a violation of the provi-
42    sions of chapter 66, title 67, Idaho Code, may file a complaint,  under  oath,
43    with  the commission stating the facts concerning the alleged violation.  Upon


 1    receipt of the complaint, the  commission  shall  endeavor  to  ascertain  the
 2    truthfulness  or  lack  thereof of the allegations in the complaint and notify
 3    the person or entity alleged to have committed the violation. If  the  commis-
 4    sion  does  not find reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of chapter
 5    66, title 67, Idaho Code, has occurred, it shall enter an order so finding and
 6    dismiss the proceeding and shall notify the complainant and person  or  entity
 7    alleged  to have violated the provisions of chapter 66, title  67, Idaho Code.
 8    If the commission finds reasonable grounds to  believe  that  a  violation  of
 9    chapter  66, title 67, Idaho Code, has occurred, it shall notify the secretary
10    of state; and the secretary of state,  the attorney general or  a  prosecuting
11    attorney  shall  commence proceedings provided in this chapter for violations.
12    All proceedings of the commission upon a complaint  and  complaints  shall  be
13    exempt  from  disclosure  pursuant  to section 9-340, Idaho Code, and shall be
14    exempt from the provisions of sections 67-2341 through  67-2347,  Idaho  Code,
15    (the  open  meeting  law)  while it is deliberating on a complaint.   When the
16    commission reaches a conclusion upon a complaint pursuant to this section, the
17    complaint and all attached documentation shall be a public record  and  avail-
18    able  for  public inspection.  The office of the secretary of state shall pro-
19    vide necessary staff support for the commission and compensation  for  commis-
20    sioners shall be paid out of funds of the office of the secretary of state.
21        (3)  Upon  its  own motion or in response to a request, the commission may
22    conduct studies of issues related to political and campaign finance, lobbying,
23    or any other matters relating to ethics in the conduct of government business.

24        SECTION 2.  That Section 9-340, Idaho Code, be, and  the  same  is  hereby
25    amended to read as follows:

26        9-340.  RECORDS  EXEMPT  FROM DISCLOSURE. The following records are exempt
27    from disclosure:
28        (1)  Exemption under state or federal law or court rule.
29        (a)  Any public record exempt from disclosure by federal or state  law  or
30        federal regulations to the extent specifically provided for by such law or
31        regulation.
32        (b)  Records contained in court files of judicial proceedings, the disclo-
33        sure of which is prohibited by or under rules adopted by the Idaho supreme
34        court,  but only to the extent that confidentiality is provided under such
35        rules, and any drafts or  other  working  memoranda  related  to  judicial
36        decision-making, provided the provisions of this subsection making records
37        exempt  from disclosure shall not apply to the extent that such records or
38        information contained in those records  are  necessary  for  a  background
39        check on an individual that is required by federal law regulating the sale
40        of firearms, guns or ammunition.
41        (2)  Law  enforcement records, investigatory records of agencies, worker's
42    compensation.
43        (a)  Investigatory records of a law enforcement agency, as defined in sec-
44        tion 9-337(5), Idaho Code, under  the  conditions  set  forth  in  section
45        9-335, Idaho Code.
46        (b)  Juvenile  records of a person maintained pursuant to chapter 5, title
47        20, Idaho Code, except that facts contained in such records shall be  fur-
48        nished  upon  request  in  a manner determined by the court to persons and
49        governmental and private agencies and  institutions  conducting  pertinent
50        research  studies  or having a legitimate interest in the protection, wel-
51        fare and treatment of the juvenile. If the juvenile is fourteen (14) years
52        or older and is adjudicated guilty of an offense which would be  a  felony
53        if  committed  by  an  adult,  the name, offense of which the juvenile was


 1        adjudicated and disposition of the court shall be subject  to  disclosure.
 2        Additionally,  facts  contained  in  any  records of a juvenile maintained
 3        under chapter 5, title 20, Idaho Code, shall be furnished upon request  to
 4        any  school  district where the juvenile is enrolled or is seeking enroll-
 5        ment.
 6        (c)  Records of the department of correction or the commission of  pardons
 7        and  parole to the extent that disclosure thereof would interfere with the
 8        secure and orderly conduct of their operations, or the  rehabilitation  of
 9        any person in the custody of the department of correction or on parole, or
10        would substantially prejudice or prevent the carrying out of the functions
11        of the department of correction or the commission of pardons and parole if
12        the public interest in confidentiality clearly outweighs the public inter-
13        est  in  disclosure. Records exempt from disclosure shall include, but not
14        be limited to, those containing the names and addresses  of  witnesses  or
15        victims or those containing information identifying victims or witnesses.
16        (d)  Records  of  the sheriff or department of law enforcement received or
17        maintained pursuant to section 18-3302, Idaho Code, relating to an  appli-
18        cant or licensee.
19        (e)  Records of investigations prepared by the department  of  health  and
20        welfare  pursuant  to its statutory responsibilities dealing with the pro-
21        tection of children, the rehabilitation of youth, adoptions and  the  com-
22        mitment of mentally ill persons.
23        (f)  Records including, but not limited to, investigative reports, result-
24        ing  from  investigations conducted into complaints of discrimination made
25        to the Idaho human rights commission unless the public interest in  allow-
26        ing inspection and copying of such records outweighs the legitimate public
27        or private interest in maintaining confidentiality of such records. A per-
28        son  may inspect and copy documents from an investigative file to which he
29        or she is a named party if such documents  are  not  otherwise  prohibited
30        from disclosure by federal law or regulation or state law. The confidenti-
31        ality  of  this  subsection will no longer apply to any record used in any
32        judicial proceeding brought by a named party to the complaint or  investi-
33        gation, or by the Idaho human rights commission, relating to the complaint
34        of discrimination.
35        (g)  Records  containing  information obtained by the manager of the Idaho
36        state insurance fund pursuant to chapter 9, title 72, Idaho Code, from  or
37        on behalf of employers or employees contained in underwriting  and  claims
38        for benefits files.
39        (h)  The  worker's compensation records of the Idaho industrial commission
40        provided that the industrial commission shall make such records available:
41             (i)   To the parties in any worker's compensation claim  and  to  the
42             industrial special indemnity fund of the state of Idaho; or
43             (ii)  To  employers  and  prospective employers subject to the provi-
44             sions of the Americans with disabilities act,  42  U.S.C.  12112,  or
45             other  statutory  limitations,  who  certify  that the information is
46             being requested with respect to a worker to  whom  the  employer  has
47             extended  an  offer of employment and will be used in accordance with
48             the provisions of the Americans  with  disabilities  act,  42  U.S.C.
49             12112, or other statutory limitations; or
50             (iii) To  employers and prospective employers not subject to the pro-
51             visions of the Americans with disabilities act, 42 U.S.C.  12112,  or
52             other statutory limitations, provided the employer presents a written
53             authorization from the person to whom the records pertain; or
54             (iv)  To  others who demonstrate that the public interest in allowing
55             inspection and copying of such records outweighs the public  or  pri-


 1             vate  interest in maintaining the confidentiality of such records, as
 2             determined by a civil court of competent jurisdiction.
 3         (i)  Complaints and supporting documentation received by the politi-
 4        cal and  campaign  finance  and  ethics  commission  pursuant  to  section
 5        67-6629,  Idaho  Code,  prior to the commission finding reasonable grounds
 6        that a violation of chapter 66, title 67,  Idaho  Code,  did  or  did  not
 7        occur. 
 8        (3)  Privacy,  personnel  records,  personal  information, health records,
 9    professional discipline.
10        (a)  Except as provided in this subsection, all  personnel  records  of  a
11        current  or former public official other than the public official's public
12        service or employment history, classification, pay grade and step, longev-
13        ity, gross salary and salary  history,  status,  workplace  and  employing
14        agency.  All  other personnel information relating to a public employee or
15        applicant including, but not limited to, information regarding sex,  race,
16        marital  status,  birth  date, home address and telephone number, applica-
17        tions, testing and scoring materials, grievances, correspondence and  per-
18        formance  evaluations,  shall  not  be disclosed to the public without the
19        employee's or applicant's written consent. A public official or authorized
20        representative may inspect and copy  his  personnel  records,  except  for
21        material used to screen and test for employment.
22        (b)  Retired employees' and retired public officials' home addresses, home
23        telephone numbers and other financial and nonfinancial membership records;
24        active  and  inactive member financial and membership records and mortgage
25        portfolio loan documents maintained by the public employee retirement sys-
26        tem. Financial statements prepared by  retirement  system  staff,  funding
27        agents  and  custodians  concerning the investment of assets of the public
28        employee retirement system of Idaho are not considered confidential  under
29        this chapter.
30        (c)  Information  and records submitted to the Idaho state lottery for the
31        performance of background investigations of employees, lottery   retailers
32        and  major  procurement  contractors;  audit records of lottery retailers,
33        vendors and major procurement contractors submitted to or performed by the
34        Idaho state lottery; validation and security tests of  the  state  lottery
35        for  lottery games; business records and information submitted pursuant to
36        sections 67-7412(8) and (9) and 67-7421(8) and (9), Idaho Code,  and  such
37        documents  and  information  obtained and held for the purposes of lottery
38        security and investigative action as determined by  lottery  rules  unless
39        the public interest in disclosure substantially outweighs the private need
40        for protection from public disclosure.
41        (d)  Records of a personal nature as follows:
42             (i)   Records of personal debt filed with a public agency pursuant to
43             law;
44             (ii)  Personal  bank  records  compiled by a public depositor for the
45             purpose of public funds transactions conducted pursuant to law;
46             (iii) Records of ownership of financial obligations  and  instruments
47             of a public agency, such as bonds, compiled by the public agency pur-
48             suant to law;
49             (iv)  Records, with regard to the ownership of, or security interests
50             in, registered public obligations;
51             (v)   Vital statistics records;
52             (vi)  Except as provided in this subsection, all information provided
53             to a law enforcement agency for sex offender registration pursuant to
54             the provisions of section 18-8306, Idaho Code:
55                  1.  Such  information  shall  be available upon request to a law


 1                  enforcement agency; and
 2                  2.  The information provided pursuant to the provisions of  sub-
 3                  sections  (1)  and  (3) of section 18-8306, Idaho Code, shall be
 4                  provided to  any  person  upon  written  request.  Such  written
 5                  request  shall  include  the  name  and  either date of birth or
 6                  address of the person for whom the information is requested.
 7        (e)  Information in an income or other tax return  measured  by  items  of
 8        income  or  sales, which is gathered by a public agency for the purpose of
 9        administering the tax, except such information to the extent disclosed  in
10        a written decision of the tax commission pursuant to a taxpayer protest of
11        a  deficiency determination by the tax commission, under the provisions of
12        section 63-3045B, Idaho Code.
13        (f)  Records of a personal nature related directly or  indirectly  to  the
14        application  for  and  provision of statutory services rendered to persons
15        applying for public care for the elderly, indigent, or mentally or  physi-
16        cally handicapped, or participation in an environmental or a public health
17        study,  provided  the  provisions of this subsection making records exempt
18        from disclosure shall not apply to the extent that such records or  infor-
19        mation  contained in those records are necessary for a background check on
20        an individual that is required by federal law regulating the sale of fire-
21        arms, guns or ammunition.
22        (g)  Employment security information and  unemployment  insurance  benefit
23        information,  except  that  all  interested parties may agree to waive the
24        exemption.
25        (h)  Any personal records, other than names, business addresses and  busi-
26        ness  phone  numbers,  such  as  parentage,  race,  religion, sex, height,
27        weight, tax identification and social security numbers, financial worth or
28        medical condition submitted to any public agency pursuant to  a  statutory
29        requirement for licensing, certification, permit or bonding.
30        (i)  Unless  otherwise  provided  by  agency rule, information obtained as
31        part of an inquiry into a person's fitness  to  be  granted  or  retain  a
32        license,  certificate,  permit, privilege, commission or position, private
33        association peer review committee records authorized in  title  54,  Idaho
34        Code.  Any agency which has records  exempt from disclosure under the pro-
35        visions  of  this  subsection  shall annually make available a statistical
36        summary of the number and types of matters considered and  their  disposi-
37        tion.
38        (j)  The  records,  finding, determinations and decision of any prelitiga-
39        tion screening panel formed under chapter 10, title 6, Idaho Code.
40        (k)  Board of professional discipline reprimands  by  informal  admonition
41        pursuant to subsection (6)(f) of section 54-1806A, Idaho Code.
42        (l)  Records  of  the  department of health and welfare or a public health
43        district that  identifies      identify    a  person
44        infected with a reportable disease.
45        (m)  Records  of  hospital  care,  medical records, records of psychiatric
46        care or treatment and  professional  counseling  records  relating  to  an
47        individual's  condition, diagnosis, care or treatment, provided the provi-
48        sions of this subsection making records exempt from disclosure  shall  not
49        apply  to  the  extent that such records or information contained in those
50        records are necessary for a background check  on  an  individual  that  is
51        required  by  federal law regulating the sale of firearms, guns or ammuni-
52        tion.
53        (4)  Trade secrets,  production  records,  appraisals,  bids,  proprietary
54    information.
55        (a)  Trade  secrets including those contained in response to public agency


 1        requests for proposal, requests for clarification, requests  for  informa-
 2        tion  and  similar requests. "Trade secrets" as used in this section means
 3        information,   including a formula, pattern,  compilation,  program,  com-
 4        puter  program,  device,  method, technique, process, or unpublished or in
 5        progress research that:
 6             (i)   Derives independent economic value, actual or  potential,  from
 7             not  being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by
 8             proper means by other persons who can obtain economic value from  its
 9             disclosure or use; and
10             (ii)  Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circum-
11             stances to maintain its secrecy.
12        (b)  Production records, sale or purchase records, catch records, mortgage
13        portfolio  loan  documents, or similar business records of a private  con-
14        cern or enterprise required by law to be submitted to or  inspected  by  a
15        public  agency.  Nothing  in this subsection shall limit the use which can
16        be made of such information for regulatory purposes or  its  admissibility
17        in any enforcement proceeding.
18        (c)  Records relating to the appraisal of real property, timber or mineral
19        rights prior to its acquisition, sale or lease by a public agency.
20        (d)  Any  estimate  prepared by a public agency that details the cost of a
21        public project until such time as disclosed or bids are  opened,  or  upon
22        award of the contract for construction of the public project.
23        (e)  Examination,  operating or condition reports and all documents relat-
24        ing thereto, prepared by or supplied to any public agency responsible  for
25        the regulation or supervision of financial institutions including, but not
26        limited to, banks, savings and loan associations, regulated lenders, busi-
27        ness and industrial development corporations, credit unions, and insurance
28        companies, or for the regulation or supervision of the issuance of securi-
29        ties.
30        (f)  Records  gathered  by  a local agency or the Idaho department of com-
31        merce, as described in chapter 47, title 67, Idaho Code, for the  specific
32        purpose  of  assisting  a person to locate, maintain, invest in, or expand
33        business operations in the state of Idaho.
34        (g)  Shipping and marketing records of commodity commissions used to eval-
35        uate marketing and advertising strategies and the names and  addresses  of
36        growers and shippers maintained by commodity commissions.
37        (h)  Financial  statements  and business information and reports submitted
38        by a legal entity to a port district organized under title 70, Idaho Code,
39        in connection with a business agreement, or with a development proposal or
40        with a financing application for any industrial, manufacturing,  or  other
41        business activity within a port district.
42        (i)  Names  and  addresses of seed companies, seed crop growers, seed crop
43        consignees, locations of seed crop fields, variety  name  and  acreage  by
44        variety.  Upon  the  request of the owner of the proprietary variety, this
45        information shall be released to the owner. Provided, however, that  if  a
46        seed crop has been identified as diseased or has been otherwise identified
47        by  the  Idaho department of agriculture, other state departments of agri-
48        culture, or the United States department of  agriculture  to  represent  a
49        threat  to that particular seed or commercial crop industry or to individ-
50        ual growers, information as to test results,  location,  acreage  involved
51        and  disease  symptoms of that particular seed crop, for that growing sea-
52        son, shall be available for public inspection and copying. This  exemption
53        shall not supersede the provisions of section 22-436, Idaho Code.
54        (j)  Information  obtained  from  books, records, and accounts required in
55        chapter 47, title 22, Idaho Code, to be maintained by the Idaho canola and


 1        rapeseed commission and pertaining to the individual production records of
 2        canola or rapeseed growers.
 3        (k)  Records of any risk retention or self-insurance program  prepared  in
 4        anticipation   of litigation or for analysis of or settlement of potential
 5        or actual money damage claims against a public entity and its employees or
 6        against  the  industrial  special  indemnity  fund  except  as   otherwise
 7        discoverable  under  the  Idaho or federal rules of civil procedure. These
 8        records shall include, but are not limited to, claims evaluations,  inves-
 9        tigatory  records, computerized reports of losses, case reserves, internal
10        documents and correspondence relating thereto. At the time  any  claim  is
11        concluded,  only  statistical  data  and actual amounts paid in settlement
12        shall be deemed a public record unless otherwise ordered to be sealed by a
13        court of competent jurisdiction. Provided however, nothing in this subsec-
14        tion is intended to limit the attorney client privilege or  attorney  work
15        product privilege otherwise  available to any public agency.
16        (l)  Records  of  laboratory  test  results provided by or retained by the
17        department of agriculture's quality assurance laboratory.  Nothing in this
18        subsection shall limit the use which can be made, or availability of  such
19        information  if  used, for regulatory purposes or its admissibility in any
20        enforcement proceeding.
21        (m)  Reports required to be filed under chapter 13, title 62, Idaho  Code,
22        identifying electrical or natural or manufactured gas consumption data for
23        an individual customer or account.
24        (n)  Voluntarily  prepared environmental audits, and voluntary disclosures
25        of information submitted to an environmental agency as defined in  section
26        9-803,  Idaho Code, which are claimed to be confidential business informa-
27        tion.
28        (o)  Computer programs developed or purchased by or for any public  agency
29        for  its  own  use. As used in this subsection, "computer program" means a
30        series of instructions or statements which permit  the  functioning  of  a
31        computer  system  in  a  manner designed to provide storage, retrieval and
32        manipulation of data from the computer system, and any associated documen-
33        tation and source material that explain how to operate the  computer  pro-
34        gram. Computer program does not include:
35             (i)   The original data including, but not limited to, numbers, text,
36             voice, graphics and images;
37             (ii)  Analysis, compilation and other manipulated forms of the origi-
38             nal data produced by use of the program; or
39             (iii) The  mathematical or statistical formulas that would be used if
40             the manipulated forms of the original data were to be produced  manu-
41             ally.
42        (5)  Archaeological,  endangered  species,  libraries,  legislative,  test
43    keys, miscellaneous exemptions.
44        (a)  Records,  maps  or other records identifying the location of archaeo-
45        logical or geophysical sites or endangered species, if not  already  known
46        to the general public.
47        (b)  Archaeological  and geologic records concerning exploratory drilling,
48        logging, mining and other excavation, when such records are required to be
49        filed by statute for the time provided by statute.
50        (c)  The records of a library which, when examined alone, or when examined
51        with other public records, would reveal the identity of the library patron
52        checking out, requesting, or using an item from a library.
53        (d)  The material of a library, museum or archive which has been  contrib-
54        uted by a private person, to the extent of any limitation that is a condi-
55        tion of the contribution.


 1        (e)  Test  questions,  scoring  keys,  and other data used to administer a
 2        licensing  examination, employment, academic or other examination or test-
 3        ing procedure before the examination is given if the examination is to  be
 4        used  again.  Records  establishing procedures for and instructing persons
 5        administering, grading or evaluating an examination or  testing  procedure
 6        are included in this exemption, to the extent that disclosure would create
 7        a risk that the result might be affected.
 8        (f)  Records  consisting  of  draft legislation and documents specifically
 9        related to such draft legislation or research requests  submitted  to  the
10        legislative  services  office by a member of the Idaho legislature for the
11        purpose of placing such draft legislation into a form suitable for  intro-
12        duction  as  official proposed legislation of the legislature of the state
13        of Idaho, unless the individual legislator having submitted  or  requested
14        such records or research agrees to waive the provisions of confidentiality
15        provided by this  subsection.
16        (g)  All  papers,  physical  and  electronic records and correspondence or
17        other supporting materials comprising the work papers in the possession of
18        the legislative services office or the director of legislative performance
19        evaluations prior to release of the related  final  audit  and  all  other
20        records  or materials in the possession of the legislative services office
21        or the director of legislative performance evaluations that would   other-
22        wise be confidential or exempt from disclosure.
23        (h)  Records  that  identify the method by which the Idaho state  tax com-
24        mission selects tax returns for audit review.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                          STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
    This legislation pertains to the creation of a Political and 
    Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission. The commission will 
    be created in the office of the Secretary of State. There 
    will be five members: one appointed by the governor, one 
    appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, one 
    appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and the 
    speaker of the House, one appointed by the House and Senate 
    minority leaders, and one selected by the other four members 
    of the commission. No more than three members of this 
    commission can be from the same political party. The members 
    of this commission can not run for office, hold office in a 
    political party, or contribute to a political candidate 
    during their tenure (4 years). The commission's task is to 
    investigate complaints of campaign violations. If the 
    members find that the complaint does not have reasonable 
    grounds, it will dismiss the complaint. If they find the 
    complaint to have reasonable grounds, it shall notify the 
    Secretary of State. In turn, the Secretary of State, the 
    Attorney General, or a prosecuting attorney will commence 
    proceedings against the accused. The Secretary of State is 
    to provide sufficient staff for the commission.
                               FISCAL NOTE
    The fiscal impact to the state would be approximately 
    $5,000 per year to provide for the $35 per day pay payment 
    to the members of the commission, per diem, and mileage. 
    This amount would be less if one or more of the members 
    were from the outlying areas of the capital city. This 
    amount would also be less if the members were to conference 
    call for emergency meetings.
    CONTACT: Representative Bruce Newcomb
    Bill No. H546