Maryland House Says "Yes" to Clean Elections

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The Maryland House of Delegates yesterday approved bill, by a 79 to 56 vote, to provide full public financing for candidates for legislative office in that state, reports the Baltimore Sun. The law would take effect for the 2010 elections.


Full public financing of elections, or Clean Elections, is already law in seven states: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Vermont and two cities, Albuquerque, NM and Portland, OR.

In Maryland, a similar bill pending in the Senate, but it is not clear if the bill will make progress before the close of the session on Monday, April 10.