Both the state House and Senate yesterday approved a measure to modify the state’s landmark campaign finance reform law to try to mollify a federal appeals court that struck down portions of the law. Practically speaking, unless bother chambers can muster enough votes for an override, the day- and night-long session yesterday may have been a waste of time as Gov. Rell has promised a veto.
The 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals struck down the law’s “triggering provisions”—granting subsequent funding to a participating candidate when the self-funding opposing candidate spends above a certain amount—by doubling the amount of the initial grants to gubernatorial candidate from $3 million to $6 million.
The legislature tried to placate the court’s ruling that banning lobbyists from contributing to campaigns was unconstitutional by imposing a limit of $100 on such contributions.
The Shad reported yesterday that these were the measures the General Assembly would take.