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Lawmakers pass political transparency bills

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 8:48 p.m. MDT

Two bills the Utah Legislature passed Thursday aim to make political candidates and lobbyists more transparent. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Two bills the Utah Legislature passed Thursday aim to make political candidates and lobbyists more transparent. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Two bills the Utah Legislature passed Thursday aim to make political candidates and lobbyists more transparent.

HB246 imposes fines on candidates who fail to report campaign donations on time. It requires those in contested races to report contributions within three days if the election is 30 or fewer days away.

It also calls for the Legislature's website to include a link to lawmakers' financial disclosure reports.

Lobbyists must disclose who they represent and wear badges in the Capitol identifying themselves as lobbyists, according to the bill.

HB39 attempts to expose "dark money" in campaigns by requiring anyone who spends at least $1,000 to advocate for or against a candidate to report the expenditure to the state.

— Dennis Romboy

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