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Senate kills bill to require finance reports

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 13:33:35-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho Senate panel has spiked a proposal to require all candidates to file campaign finance reports.

The Senate State Affairs Committee rejected the legislation Monday after fearing it would create too much of a burden on election clerks and prevent candidates from running for office.

Republican Sen. Mary Souza from Coeur d'Alene says the bill would have provided a "little bit of sunshine" in the state's smallest and most overlooked elections.

Currently, Idaho does not require mayor and city council candidates to submit campaign finance reports in cities with a population less than 5,000.

Last year, the Legislature passed a law requiring school board trustees with more than 500 students submit campaign finance reports.