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Bill for public campaign financing in Hawaii dies

March 19, 2014 - 12:40pm

HONOLULU — A bill that would have changed campaign finance laws for state elections in Hawaii died in the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, halting its progress unless the group decides to hear the bill again this session.

The bill (HB 2533) would have provided public funding for campaigns for elections to the state House of Representatives and would have changed spending limits and the maximum amount of contributions made to candidates for other offices.

It was intended to help lawmakers focus on serving their constituents instead of constantly fundraising, supporters said.