Political campaign advertisements; authorization statement, name of candidate defined. (HB1556)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Political campaign advertisements; disclosures; authorization statement, name of candidate as it appears on the ballot; name of candidate campaign committee as it appears on statement of organization. Requires that when a disclosure statement for any political campaign advertisement includes the candidate's name for the purpose of meeting the disclosure requirement, the name must be the same as it appears on the ballot. When a disclosure statement includes the name of a campaign committee, the name must be the same as it appears on the statement of organization. The bill also requires candidates, when filing a statement of qualification, to state how he would like his name to appear on the ballot; currently, this is optional. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021, and further provides that any print media advertisement paid for or distributed prior to the effective date of the bill shall not be subject to the requirements of the bill. Read the Bill »


02/29/2020: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee


01/12/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105148D
01/12/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2020Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1556)
01/30/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20107246D-H1
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107246D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1556H1
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1556H1)
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (84-Y 15-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (84-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (10-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed 20108245D-S1
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/21/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108245D-S1
02/21/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1556S1
02/21/2020Passed Senate with substitute (34-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1556S1)
02/25/2020Placed on Calendar
02/25/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108245D-S1 (93-Y 5-N 1-A)
02/25/2020VOTE: Adoption (93-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)

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