The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require politicians to become candidates quicker than they have in the past.
The Senate voted 22-6 Tuesday night for a bill that says a politician becomes a candidate after spending or raising $1,000 to pursue any public office. Previously, a candidate had to raise or spend $25,000 for a statewide office, $10,000 for the state Senate, $5,000 for the state House, and $1,000 for a local office before becoming a candidate. The candidates would still have to file candidacy forms at the state or local level.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Bryan Taylor of Prattville, said having one threshold will make the rules easier for candidates and the public to understand. Taylor's bill now goes to the House for consideration.
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