A House committee has approved a bill that could increase expenses for some political campaigns -- although just slightly.

HB178 allows the lieutenant governor to establish a set fee for the purchase of voter registration lists and voter history records from county clerks' offices. Those records often are used by candidates for elected office."Currently, the clerks have a wide range of fees," Lt. Gov. Olene Walker told the House Government Operations Committee on Tuesday. "Some give it free, some charge quite a bit of money, and it's a money maker for them."

Funds generated through the new fee structure would be split between the states and counties, Walker said.