Casada faces high hurdle on campaign finance bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An effort to revive a failed bill to boost the amount of money political groups can give to candidates and to do away with reporting requirements for donations by corporations faces a high hurdle in the House.

The bill sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin on Wednesday received only 48 votes on the House floor -- two short of the constitutional minimum to clear the chamber.

While Casada tells The Associated Press he found enough votes to pass the bill in the House, the clerk's office confirms that he would need to gain a two-thirds vote in the committee that sets floor calendars.

That panel includes House Speaker Beth Harwell and several chairmen who either abstained or voted against the bill on Wednesday.

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