Legislature seeks voter sentiment on campaign cash

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Updated: 6/30/2014 2:36 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters could weigh in this fall on a measure that asks whether they favor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting the power of money in politics.

The state Assembly approved SB1272 on a 49-22 vote Monday. It would place an advisory measure on the November ballot asking voters if they want a federal constitutional amendment overturning U.S. Supreme Court decisions lifting restrictions on campaign giving.

The 2010 Citizens United ruling paved the way for a flood of campaign cash from corporations and wealthy individuals.

SB1272 is expected to pass the Senate with amendments before heading to the governor.

Separately, lawmakers earlier approved AJR1 to petition Congress to hold a constitutional convention for an amendment overturning Citizens United. Thirty two other states must join to force a convention.

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