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Utah House OKs allowing campaign funds to be used for child care

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A bill allowing candidates for public office to use campaign funds to pay for child care passed its final hurdle in the Utah Legislature Tuesday.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill allowing candidates for public office to use campaign funds to pay for child care passed its final hurdle in the Utah Legislature Tuesday.

The House voted, 64-4, to approve an amendment made in the Senate to allow use of funds during legislative duties as well as campaign duties.

The bill, HB129, is co-sponsored by Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, and Rep. Stephanie Pitcher, D-Salt Lake City, each opened a similar bill and they decided to join efforts.

"The purpose for this bill is just simply to allow as many individuals as possible to have the opportunity to run for office," Hall said in a House Committee meeting.

The bill passed the Senate, 27-0, on Friday. It now goes to the governor for his signature.