The Public Campaign Financing Commission released its report to the governor and legislature earlier this week, which will create a public financing program for both statewide and legislative candidates unless lawmakers make changes before December 22. The final recommendations, however, lacked a severability clause, which is essential to helping ensure the program stays intact if an element of the legislation is struck down. As Chisun Lee of the Brennan Center for Justice put it, a severability clause is “a standard, boilerplate piece of legislation” and it is a cause for concern that one is missing from the Commission’s recommendations.
Date: December 4, 2019
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