- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s public campaign financing program faces some major changes under a bill that has cleared the House of Representatives.

The Democratic controlled chamber approved the bill on a bipartisan vote of 134-12. Much of the language was included in a proposal offered in January by minority Republicans to close what they called loopholes in the current campaign financing laws.

The bill prevents campaign treasurers from paying a family member of a candidate participating in the financing program, or any entity owned by that family member, more than $1,000.

It also caps organizational expenses state parties can spend on behalf of participating candidates, eliminates grants for unopposed candidates and reduces grants to candidates - including governor - by 25 percent.

The bill moves to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.

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