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Senate Passes Fundraising Blackout Bill


(AP) -- The California Senate has approved a bill establishing campaign fundraising blackout periods for state lawmakers and legislative candidates.

The measure bans fundraising during budget votes and the final 30 days of the legislative session, when many contentious bills are being considered.

The bill, SB1101, was approved on a 32-1 vote, sending it to the Assembly. The measure was proposed by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, who is running for secretary of state.

It specifically prohibits state lawmakers and legislative candidates from seeking contributions from May 14 to June 15, the Legislature's budget deadline.

The bill initially fell short of the two-thirds vote required for passage, but was reconsidered Monday. 

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