1. No person may use any property belonging to or leased by, or any service which
is provided to or carried on by, either directly or by contract, the state or any
agency, department, bureau, board, commission, or political subdivision thereof, for
any political purpose.
2. The following definitions must be used for the purposes of this section:
a. “Political purpose” means any activity undertaken in support of or in opposition to a statewide initiated
or referred measure, a constitutional amendment or measure, a political subdivision
ballot measure, or the election or nomination of a candidate to public office and
includes using “vote for”, “oppose”, or any similar support or opposition language
in any advertisement whether the activity is undertaken by a candidate, a political
committee, a political party, or any person. In the period thirty days before a primary election and sixty days before a special
or general election, “political purpose” also means any activity in which a candidate's name, office, district, or any term
meaning the same as “incumbent” or “challenger” is used in support of or in opposition to the election or nomination of a candidate
to public office. The term does not include activities undertaken in the performance of public office
or a position taken in any bona fide news story, commentary, or editorial. Factual information may be presented regarding a ballot question solely for the
purpose of educating voters if the information does not advocate for or against or
otherwise reflect a position on the adoption or rejection of the ballot question.
b. “Property” includes motor vehicles, telephones, typewriters, adding machines, postage or postage
meters, funds of money, and buildings. However, nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit any candidate, political
party, committee, or organization from using any public building for such political
meetings as may be required by law, or to prohibit such candidate, party, committee,
or organization from hiring the use of any public building for any political purpose
if such lease or hiring is otherwise permitted by law.
c. “Services” includes the use of employees during regular working hours for which such employees
have not taken annual or sick leave or other compensatory leave.
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