Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
FILE - Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley, speaks at a press event at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would allow political candidates to use campaign funds to pay for child care while running for office cleared another legislative hurdle Thursday.

The Utah House of Representatives voted with wide support to approve HB129, sponsored by Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, and also backed by Rep. Stephanie Pitcher, D-Salt Lake City.

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Both lawmakers sponsored nearly identical bills at the beginning of the session but agreed to combine their efforts in Hall's version.

The aim of the bill, Hall said, is to allow more people to run for office — even those who care for young children full time.

"There are so many wonderful individuals, so many great leaders in our state, and they should not be discouraged from running for office simply because they have child care responsibilities," Hall said.

The House voted 72-1 to approve the bill. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.