Currently, candidates can use campaign funds for a broad and disparate range of expenses, from graduation gifts to wine and meals. The Federal Election Commission has previously concluded that childcare, if the need for childcare arises as a result of campaign activities, can additionally be a permissible usage of campaign funding. Although the balancing of family and politics is always difficult, it is a particular burden for female candidates, and this legislation would further promote involvement in democracy for a more diverse group of candidates and formally codify the FEC decision into Rhode Island election law.

Sponsors

Representative Justine Caldwell and Senator Gayle Goldin

Status

Held for Further Study

Session

2021

Bill number

Position

Support