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July 21, 2015

Dear Fellow Montanan: 

I write to update you on the progress of COPP rulemaking.

We have now worked the COPP proposed rule package through drafting, internal vetting and interested person vetting. The rule package is large (54 pages) because it adjusts or adds to COPP rules to meet post Citizens United campaign practices, including those campaign practices further defined by laws passed by the 2015 Montana legislature. The proposed rules, for example, address the campaign practices of coordination, electronic reporting and expenditure reporting.  The last major COPP rule making effort took place in 2001.

The proposed COPP rules are now scheduled to finish Secretary of State (SOS) review in time for August 13, 2015 publication. Once the proposed rules clear SOS review we will post the entire COPP rule set for public access on the COPP's website.

There will be a public hearing on the COPP rules following publication. To that end we have reserved a hearing room in the State Capital in Helena for September 2 and 3, 2015. Any member of the public can appear at this hearing and offer comments, including suggestions for change, on the proposed COPP rules.

We will keep you informed of any changes in the rule making schedule.   Thank you for your attention paid to work of the COPP.


Jonathan Motl

Commissioner of Political Practices



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