House bill would ban certain political committees

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A certain type of political committee would be prohibited while maximum contributions to candidates would increase substantially under a House bill that received its first approval.

The House Ethics and Elections Subcommittee voted 10-2 on Monday for the bill (HB 569) that would get rid of Committees of Continuous Existence and raise campaign contribution limits for state races from $500 to $10,000. It would also increase the frequency candidates and other political committees have to report contributions and expenditures.

The bill is sponsored by Spring Hill Republican Rep. Robert Schenck, who says it will help create more transparency in elections.

There are hundreds of Committees of Continuous Existence, which critics say are used to get around laws that seek to regulate campaign donations and spending.

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