Candidates would, for the first time, have to pay a fine for failing to disclose donors within 30 days under a bill cleared Monday by a Utah House committee.
HB246, sponsored by Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, imposes a fine of $50 or 15 percent the value of the contribution if office seekers fail to comply with a law requiring candidates to report contributions within 30 days of receiving the funds.
The requirement is in law already, but there is no penalty.
"Rules without punishments are just suggestions," Hall said. "There's absolutely nothing that can be done by the lieutenant governor's office besides calling the candidate on the phone and asking the candidate nicely that the candidate abide by the law."