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One of three initiative-reform bills stays alive

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Jan. 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
January 31, 2012 7:56 am

A bill requiring initiative sponsors to identify their top five contributors in campaign advertising passed on a party line vote in the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee on Monday.

But that may be all there is for initiative reformers this year. Two other initiative bills – one to limit contributions to initiatives and another to require initiatives to identify new taxes to cover their costs – are expected to die at Tuesday’s first committee deadline for policy bills in the House.

House Bill 2499 requires the listing of names of the top five contributors for ads either for or against initiatives. The limit applies to ads costing more than $1,000 and with donors of at least $700 each in the past year. The House State Government passed it on a 7-to-4 partisan vote.

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