- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on criminal penalties for campaign finance violations (all times local):

2:50 a.m.

The Senate has approved changes made in the House to a bill that reinserts criminal penalties left out of a sweeping campaign finance bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed earlier this session.

The Senate passed House Bill 2297 on a 17-11 vote Saturday. It now moves to the governor’s desk.

2:25 a.m.

The House has adopted a bill to reinsert criminal penalties into a sweeping campaign finance bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed earlier this session.

The measure adds back in a provision that makes it illegal for people to make political contributions in the name of another person. It also makes it illegal for businesses and labor organizations to contribute make contributions to candidates, among other criminal penalties.

It also moves up the enactment date from the beginning of 2017 to the general election in November.

Republican Sen. Adam Driggs of Phoenix sponsored the campaign finance overhaul and is now backing the amendment that would also prevent candidates from making contributions to each other.

The House passed House Bill 2297 on a 31-24 vote Saturday.

6:41 p.m.

The Senate has passed a measure to reinsert criminal penalties into a sweeping campaign finance bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed earlier this session.

The measure reinserts certain criminal penalties related to campaign finance violations and moves up the enactment date from the beginning of 2017 to the general election in November.

Republican Sen. Adam Driggs of Phoenix sponsored the campaign finance overhaul and is now backing the amendment that would also prevent candidates from making contributions to each other.

The Senate passed House Bill 2297 on a 17-11 vote Friday. It now heads back to the House.

1:14 p.m.

The Senate has amended an elections-related bill to reinsert criminal penalties and make other changes to a sweeping campaign finance bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed earlier this session.

Republican Sen. Adam Driggs of Phoenix sponsored the campaign finance overhaul and is now backing an amendment that would prevent candidates from making contributions to each other.

It also reinserts certain criminal penalties related to campaign finance violations and moves up the enactment date from the beginning of 2017 to the general election in November.

The Senate advanced House Bill 2297 on Friday. It still awaits a formal vote.

Democrats say the amendment makes some improvements but they still have concerns and have not had enough time to read through the changes.

Driggs did not offer an explanation for why he is offering the amendment.

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