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Friday June 18th, 2021 11:06PM

Bills changing campaign finance rules pass Ga. House, Senate

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Bills to change state campaign finance rules have passed each chamber of the Georgia Legislature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1wFwfrE) that the Georgia House passed a bill loosening restrictions on campaign donations and the Senate passed a measure requiring a higher burden of proof when fining local politicians over late campaign finance reports.

The House bill would allow party caucuses in both chambers to make unlimited contributions to support a party ticket. State law currently requires caucuses to make donations through their parties to avoid donation caps. The House bill passed 166-6.

The Senate bill requires the state ethics commission to prove local politicians knowingly and willfully refused to file their campaign reports on time. The Senate bill passed 48-4.

Both bills had bipartisan support.
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