To amend the provisions of title 5, United States Code, which are commonly referred to as the ``Hatch Act'' to eliminate the provision preventing certain State and local employees from seeking elective office, clarify the application of certain provisions to the District of Columbia, and modify the penalties which may be imposed for certain violations under subchapter III of chapter 73 of that title.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. PERMITTING STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYEES TO BE CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE.
(a) In General.--Section 1502(a) of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1), by adding ``or'' after the semicolon; (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``purposes; or'' and inserting ``purposes.''; and (3) by striking paragraph (3). (b) Technical and Conforming Amendments.-- (1) Reference to state and local officials.--Section 1502 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (c). (2) Nonpartisan candidacies.-- (A) In general.--Section 1503 of title 5, United States Code, is repealed. (B) Table of sections.--The table of sections for chapter 15 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 1503.
SEC. 3. APPLICABILITY OF PROVISIONS RELATING TO STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYEES.
(a) State or Local Agency.--Section 1501(2) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting ``, or the District of...