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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 16, 2014

The California Senate reversed course Monday by approving a fundraising ban it rejected last week.

Senate Bill 1101 would prohibit anyone running for the state Legislature from accepting or soliciting campaign donations during two one-month periods: when lawmakers deliberate over the state budget from mid-May to mid-June, and during the final month of session as they vote on scores of contentious bills.

The bill by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, is similar to a rule the Senate passed last week to ban campaign fundraising in the upper house during two blackout periods. But the rule would apply only to the Senate and need to be renewed each session, while SB 1101 would create a law that applies indefinitely to both houses of the Legislature. Because the bill amends California’s Political Reform Act, it requires approval from two-thirds of state lawmakers.

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