Definition of Federal Election Activity, 51302 [05-17155]

Download as PDF 51302 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 167 Tuesday, August 30, 2005 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. Ms. Mai T. Dinh, Assistant General Counsel, Mr. J. Duane Pugh Jr., Senior Attorney, or Ms. Margaret G. Perl, Attorney, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463, (202) 694–1650 or (800) 424–9530. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (‘‘BCRA’’), Public Law No. 107– 155, 116 Stat. 81 (2002), amended FECA by adding a new term, ‘‘Federal election activity’’ (‘‘FEA’’). The Commission defined FEA in 11 CFR 100.24. In Shays v. FEC, 337 F. Supp. 2d 28 (D.D.C. 2004), aff’d, No. 04–5352, 2005 WL 1653053 (D.C. Cir. July 15, 2005) (‘‘Shays’’), the District Court held that certain parts of certain regulations had not been promulgated with adequate notice and opportunity for comment and that other aspects of the regulations were inconsistent with Congressional intent. Shays at 104, 107 n.83, and 108. The District Court remanded the case for further action consistent with the court’s decision. To address the District Court decision, the Commission published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking amending the definition of ‘‘Federal election activity.’’ Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Definition of Federal Election Activity, 70 FR 23068 (May 4, 2005). The NPRM explored possible modifications to the definitions of ‘‘voter registration activity,’’ ‘‘get-out-the-vote activity,’’ and ‘‘voter identification.’’ The comment period for the NPRM ended on June 3, 2005, and a hearing was held on August 4, 2005. Written comments and a transcript of the hearing can be found at: http://www.fec.gov/law/ law_rulemakings.shtml#definition_fea. Witnesses at the hearing suggested that the Commission seek additional information that may assist the Commission in its decisionmaking. The Commission is reopening the comment period to allow interested parties to submit information or comments that may be useful in this rulemaking. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION 11 CFR Part 100 [Notice 2005–23] Definition of Federal Election Activity Federal Election Commission. Reopening of comment period. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the definition of ‘‘Federal election activity.’’ The comment period will be open for thirty days. The NPRM includes proposals that would retain the existing definition of ‘‘voter registration activity’’ and modify the existing definitions of ‘‘get-out-the-vote activity’’ and ‘‘voter identification’’ to conform Commission rules to the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. Federal Election Commission. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: All comments must be in writing, addressed to Ms. Mai T. Dinh, Assistant General Counsel, and submitted in either e-mail, facsimile or paper form. Commenters are strongly encouraged to submit comments by email or facsimile to ensure timely receipt and consideration. E-mail comments must be sent to either FEAdef2@fec.gov or submitted through the Federal eRegulations Portal at www.regulations.gov. If the e-mail comments include an attachment, the attachment must be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 219–3923, with paper copy follow-up. Paper comments and paper copy followup of faxed comments should be sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463. All comments must include the full name and postal service address of the commenter or they will not be considered. The Commission will post comments on its Web site after the comment period ends. VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:15 Aug 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: August 24, 2005. Michael E. Toner, Vice Chairman, Federal Election Commission. [FR Doc. 05–17155 Filed 8–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6715–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION 11 CFR Parts 106 and 300 [Notice 2005–22] State, District, and Local Party Committee Payment of Certain Salaries and Wages Federal Election Commission. Reopening of comment period. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking for proposed changes to regulations regarding payments by State, district or local party committees for salaries and wages of employees who spend 25 percent or less of their compensated time in a month on activities in connection with a Federal election. The proposed changes would require these expenses to be paid using at least some Federal funds, consistent with the rulings of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. Federal Election Commission. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: All comments must be in writing, addressed to Ms. Mai T. Dinh, Assistant General Counsel, and submitted in either e-mail, facsimile or paper form. Commenters are strongly encouraged to submit comments by email or facsimile to ensure timely receipt and consideration. E-mail comments must be sent to either SPW2@fec.gov or submitted through the Federal eRegulations Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. If the e-mail comments include an attachment, the attachment must be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 219–3923, with paper copy follow-up. Paper comments and paper copy followup of faxed comments should be sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463. All comments must include the full name and postal service address of the commenter or they will not be considered. The Commission will post comments on its Web site after the comment period ends. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mai T. Dinh, Assistant General Counsel, Mr. Anthony T. Buckley, 999 E Street, E:\FR\FM\30AUP1.SGM 30AUP1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 30, 2005)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 51302]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-17155]


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Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 30, 2005 / 
Proposed Rules

[[Page 51302]]



FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

11 CFR Part 100

[Notice 2005-23]


Definition of Federal Election Activity

AGENCY: Federal Election Commission.

ACTION: Reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of 
proposed rulemaking to amend the definition of ``Federal election 
activity.'' The comment period will be open for thirty days. The NPRM 
includes proposals that would retain the existing definition of ``voter 
registration activity'' and modify the existing definitions of ``get-
out-the-vote activity'' and ``voter identification'' to conform 
Commission rules to the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the 
District of Columbia in Shays v. Federal Election Commission.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 29, 2005.

ADDRESSES: All comments must be in writing, addressed to Ms. Mai T. 
Dinh, Assistant General Counsel, and submitted in either e-mail, 
facsimile or paper form. Commenters are strongly encouraged to submit 
comments by e-mail or facsimile to ensure timely receipt and 
consideration. E-mail comments must be sent to either FEAdef2@fec.gov 
or submitted through the Federal eRegulations Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. If the e-mail comments include an attachment, the 
attachment must be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) 
format. Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 219-3923, with paper 
copy follow-up. Paper comments and paper copy follow-up of faxed 
comments should be sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463. All comments must include the full 
name and postal service address of the commenter or they will not be 
considered. The Commission will post comments on its Web site after the 
comment period ends.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mai T. Dinh, Assistant General 
Counsel, Mr. J. Duane Pugh Jr., Senior Attorney, or Ms. Margaret G. 
Perl, Attorney, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463, (202) 694-1650 
or (800) 424-9530.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 
(``BCRA''), Public Law No. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81 (2002), amended FECA 
by adding a new term, ``Federal election activity'' (``FEA''). The 
Commission defined FEA in 11 CFR 100.24. In Shays v. FEC, 337 F. Supp. 
2d 28 (D.D.C. 2004), aff'd, No. 04-5352, 2005 WL 1653053 (D.C. Cir. 
July 15, 2005) (``Shays''), the District Court held that certain parts 
of certain regulations had not been promulgated with adequate notice 
and opportunity for comment and that other aspects of the regulations 
were inconsistent with Congressional intent. Shays at 104, 107 n.83, 
and 108. The District Court remanded the case for further action 
consistent with the court's decision.
    To address the District Court decision, the Commission published a 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking amending the definition of ``Federal 
election activity.'' Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Definition 
of Federal Election Activity, 70 FR 23068 (May 4, 2005). The NPRM 
explored possible modifications to the definitions of ``voter 
registration activity,'' ``get-out-the-vote activity,'' and ``voter 
identification.'' The comment period for the NPRM ended on June 3, 
2005, and a hearing was held on August 4, 2005. Written comments and a 
transcript of the hearing can be found at: http://www.fec.gov/law/law_
rulemakings.shtml#definition_fea.
    Witnesses at the hearing suggested that the Commission seek 
additional information that may assist the Commission in its 
decisionmaking. The Commission is reopening the comment period to allow 
interested parties to submit information or comments that may be useful 
in this rulemaking.

    Dated: August 24, 2005.
Michael E. Toner,
Vice Chairman, Federal Election Commission.
[FR Doc. 05-17155 Filed 8-29-05; 8:45 am]
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