Earlier this week, 389 of the record-setting 528 bills passed during the 2015 Legislative Session became law. County officials would be wise to pay particular attention to one of those bills.
SB 137 prohibits the use of an email of a public entity for a political purpose or to advocate for or against a ballot proposition. Failure to comply with SB 137 can result in a fine up to $250 for a first violation and a fine up to $1,000 for subsequent violations.
With a number of counties contemplating a ballot proposal for a transportation quarter percent sales tax in the near future, county officials—both elected and non-elected—need to be particularly familiar with the prohibition found in SB 137.
If you have specific questions regarding the law, please feel free to contact UAC staff or contact your county attorney.