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S.41

Introduced by Committee on Government Operations

Date:

Subject: Elections; campaigns; false political advertising

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit and establish a penalty for false political advertising.

AN ACT RELATING TO FALSE POLITICAL ADVERTISING

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 17 V.S.A. § 2884 is added to read:

§ 2884. FALSE POLITICAL ADVERTISING; PROHIBITION; PENALTY

(a) The making of or causing to be made a political advertisement, as defined in section 2881 of this title, which is factually incorrect or false is strictly prohibited.

(b) An individual, partnership, corporation, association, labor organization, political committee, political party, or any other organization or group of persons who violates this section shall be fined not more than $5,000.00.

(c) A state’s attorney or the attorney general may institute any appropriate action or other proceeding to enforce this section.