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Senate OKs campaign fundraising blackout periods

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill establishing campaign fundraising blackout periods for state lawmakers and legislative candidates.

Senators on Monday approved SB1101 on a 32-1 vote, sending it to the Assembly. The measure by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, who is running for secretary of state, bans fundraising during budget votes and the final 30 days of the legislative session, when many contentious bills are being considered.

It specifically prohibits state lawmakers and legislative candidates from seeking contributions from May 14 to June 15, the Legislature's budget deadline.

Padilla's bill initially fell short of the two-thirds vote required for passage. He asked lawmakers to reconsider it after addressing Republican concerns.

The Senate last week also passed nonbinding house rules banning fundraising during the same periods.

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