House OK’s technical changes to campaign finance law

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In a 126-5 vote on Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would tweak laws related to campaign finance.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights), noted two items of interest in what she described as a technical bill.

Among other changes, HF664 would revise the list of groups and people from which candidates for the Legislature or constitutional office may not accept contributions during the legislative session. Dissolving principal campaign committees would be removed from the list; associations not registered with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board would be added.

The bill would also eliminate a requirement that candidates who accept certain state elections campaign funds must spend at least half of that money by the end of the final reporting period before the general election.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) is the sponsor.