- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Legislature has passed a plan to allow political candidates and elected officials to pay for child care with campaign contributions.

The Tuesday vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Gary Hebert. It comes as a number of states weigh the question following a record-setting year for women running for office.

Utah Republican Rep. Craig Hall says the measure will make sure anyone can campaign or perform the duties of public office without having to worry about child care.

Elected officials also use campaign funds to pay for things like paper and pens once in office.

Federal candidates can use campaign funds for child care, but states remain divided.

At least five states are considering similar bills this year, and seven have allowed it through election boards.

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