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Campaign Finance Working Group convenes at Capitol, working on changes…

Members of the Idaho Legislature's bipartisan working group on campaign finance and ethics reform question Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst on Monday morning, Nov. 27, 2018 at the state Capitol in Boise. (Betsy Z. Russell)
Members of the Idaho Legislature's bipartisan working group on campaign finance and ethics reform question Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst on Monday morning, Nov. 27, 2018 at the state Capitol in Boise. (Betsy Z. Russell)

A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers has convened at the state Capitol this morning to continue working on proposed changes in the state’s Sunshine Law to require more frequent and more detailed campaign finance disclosures, including adding new reporting in local races and requiring information about who’s behind shadowy outside groups that run independent expenditure campaigns in the state. The Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Workgroup is reviewing a 28-page draft bill this morning; you can read it here, and watch live here.

Also before the committee today are several other decision points, according to committee Co-Chair Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley: Rep. Tom Loertscher’s proposal to enact Idaho’s first personal financial disclosure requirements; the possibility of banning campaign fundraising for all candidates during the legislative session and possible constitutional issues surrounding that; Secretary of State Lawerence Denney’s proposal for a $1.2 million technology upgrade  next year in the state’s campaign finance reporting system, plus $90,000 a year in additional operating expenses; and a request to legislative leadership to continue the working group for another year.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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