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Committee rewriting rules for financing Vt. political campaigns

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A small group of Vermont legislators say they are close to rewriting the rules for financing political campaigns.

Last year a reform bill stalled just before the end of the legislative session when the House and Senate agreed to substantially different plans.

With only a few weeks to go before legislators return to Montpelier, a conference committee reached a tentative agreement on changes to contribution limits and transparency requirements for political advertising.

Rep. Debbie Evans, D-Essex Junction, who chairs the committee, says it's crucial they get this done as soon as possible.

"We were not able to pull something together in May, so we're kind of like in no man's land in terms of campaign finance right now and now this is a way where we're going to wrap it all up and get it going," Evans said.

Committee members say they expect to sign off on the changes on the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 7.

Once that happens, the bill will either be accepted by both the House and Senate or scrapped.

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