Senate Bill 2689, in its final form passed Wednesday by the Senate, was a compromise between Senate and House proposals over the last two sessions. It contains a mix of the Senate’s tougher restrictions on spending — and what constitutes personal use — and the House’s stronger enforcement, to be overseen by the Ethics Commission. Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign the bill into law, to take effect Jan. 1.
“Gov. Bryant has always favored transparency and accountability within the state’s system of campaign finance,” Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said. “He believes Senate Bill 2689 contains meaningful reforms that will strengthen both, and he looks forward to signing it.”