WHAT: Senate Bill 6323

SPONSORED BY: Sens. Sharon Brown, Bruce Dammeier, Jim Honeyford, John Braun, Rodney Tom, Mike Padden, Jan Angel, Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Hill and Pam Roach.

WHAT IT WOULD DO:

  • Eliminates the terms of all current members of the Public Disclosure Commission.
  • Turns control of the PDC over to one appointee from each of the four legislative caucuses.
  • The four appointed members would then be asked to vote – by an affirmative vote of no less than three – for a fifth member who would serve as chair.

WHAT THE PDC DOES:

  • It’s a nonpartisan organization which oversees our state’s election laws.
  • PDC members are currently appointed by the Governor and confirmed with a vote in the Senate.
  • A vote of the people created the PDC in 1972 through Initiative 276 which passed with 72 percent.

QUOTE FROM SEN. SHARON NELSON:

“I worry that if this bill were to become law, an absolutely integral partner in our system of checks and balances would fall victim to political gridlock. The PDC was established as a watchdog for voters and our political system in general. At a time when money is flowing into political campaigns at a rate greater than we’ve ever seen, we need the PDC more than ever.”