The House passed five bills that seek to ensure voters aren’t misled through campaign advertising.
- It must be disclosed if artificial intelligence (AI) is used in campaign materials.
- The disclosure applies to candidates for federal, state, or local office, and ballot questions created by or on behalf of a candidate or committee.
- A first violation would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, for a second violation the fine rises to $1,500 max, and a third violation would be a felony, punishable by up to two years and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
- The bills also require disclosure on communication referencing an election, candidate, or ballot question that doesn’t meet the qualified political advertisement requirements. A first violation would be a fine of up to $250 and each violation thereafter could be punished by up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,0000.
- The bills were referred to the Senate Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.