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The Latest: Campaign money for child care plan approved

January 29, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to allow Utah candidates to use campaign funds for child care (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

A panel of Utah lawmakers has approved a plan to allow candidates running for office to pay for child care with campaign funds.

The proposal passed Tuesday puts Utah among a number of states weighing the question after a record-setting year for women running for office.

While federal candidates can use it, states remain divided.

Teri McCabe says she had her son during her campaign for Utah County Commission last year, and while she was able to juggle childcare with her husband’s help, she heard from other caregivers who weren’t able to.

She says that the bill would help the state by allowing those people to run and serve in public office.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says election boards in at least six states have allowed it, but a handful of others haven’t.

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1 p.m.

During a record-setting year for women running for office, candidates around the country raised the question of whether campaign funds can pay for child care for working parents.

While federal candidates can use it, states remain divided. In Utah on Tuesday, a panel of lawmakers is set to hear a bipartisan pair of bills that would explicitly allow it.

Republican sponsor Craig Hall says he’s running the measure to make sure anyone can run for office in the state with the nation’s highest birth rate. Democrat Stephanie Pitcher says it would eliminate barriers to running for public office, especially for low-income candidates.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says election boards in at least six states have allowed it, but a handful of others, like Connecticut, Louisiana and Iowa haven’t.

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