Utah Legislature approves using campaign funds for childcare

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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1 Comment

  • Warren s Pugh February 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm Reply

    Why not just even the playing field as they so idiotically say. Give each candidate $100,000+$500.00 for each child, but if one candidate has seven children heshe, must reimburse the system, especially since in human trafficking you never know whose child belongs to whom. Since the sexes actually are not equal women receive $1.00/yr for each younger than their opponent and twice that if their opponent is a male.

    Insane? Right! Likewise insane for a family to leave their children and get paid to leave them. My understanding is that in Utah family comes first. Now about the suicide and opioid situation.

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