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Clark County

October 14, 2007

Jeffersonville City Council will consider campaign finance changes

Jeffersonville’s campaign finance and ethics ordinance is likely to get a minor facelift Monday, when the City Council will consider the second and third readings of an amendment to the measure.

The amendment would clarify that campaign finance restrictions that are applicable to incumbents also apply to other candidates for city offices. The proposal also clarifies language regarding contributions from people who do more than $10,000 or more per year in business with the city. Such contributions are limited to $100 per election cycle, meaning someone doing $10,000 or more per year in business with the city could give a candidate $100 during a primary campaign and another $100 during a general election campaign.

“The majority of the changes … are just to clean up the language; to make (the ordinance) easier to follow,” said Keith Fetz, the council’s president.

Fetz said that if the changes are approved, they will take effect Jan. 1. The council, Fetz said, did not want to change the law now and risk confusing candidates who are on the Nov. 6 ballot.

At the council’s Oct. 1 meeting, it approved the first reading of the amendments 6-0. Councilwoman Barbara Wilson was out of town that day and did not attend the meeting.

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