H.R. 1669 (112th): License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 02, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1669

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 2, 2011

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a disincentive with respect to States funneling proceeds from license plate sales to partisan political organizations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act of 2011.

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License plate sales and political activity

(a)

In general

Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

167.

License plate sales and political activity

(a)

Withholding of apportionments for noncompliance

The Secretary shall withhold 15 percent of the amount required to be apportioned to any State under each of paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 104(b) on October 1 of the first fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act, and on October 1 of each fiscal year thereafter, if the State does not meet the requirement of subsection (b) on that date.

(b)

Requirement

A State meets the requirement of this subsection if the chief executive of the State certifies to the Secretary that the State, as of the date of the certification, does not provide to an organization that engages in covered political activity any proceeds resulting from the sale of a license plate in that State.

(c)

Effect of noncompliance

Funds withheld from a State under subsection (a) shall lapse and shall be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction (or, if there is no Federal budget deficit, for reducing the Federal debt, in such manner as the Secretary of the Treasury considers appropriate).

(d)

Covered political activity defined

In this section, the term covered political activity means the advocacy of the election or defeat of a candidate with respect to an election for a Federal, State, or local office.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The analysis for chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

167. License plate sales and political activity.

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