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Statehouse Sitdown: Campaign Finance Reform

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We've spent much of the last week covering the bills that will soon be law. But, one big bill stalled at the very end of the session -- campaign finance reform.

The bill aimed to tighten restrictions and create greater transparency, but amendments were added that one of the bill's sponsors says ultimately killed it.

Representive Kurt Wright of Burlington, says an add-on that created caps for super PAC donations would have sent the state of Vermont into court.

"When you have the attorney general calling it a "risky court case" and he has to defend it in court, and Cheryl Hanna from the Vermont Law School saying that, and the language from the second circuit court of appeals saying it's a very high hurdle for a state to pass to put these limits on -- we're talking about millions of dollars of court costs to the taxpayers of Vermont," he says.

Wright says he thinks next session a version of the bill could pass, without what he calls the "poison pill" of super-PAC limits. But he says the legislation most likely would not apply to the next election cycle.

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