JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House has voted to study campaign finance laws rather than change them this year.
Critics say it’s time to tighten the laws amid reporting that some officials have used campaign donations to pay for clothing, rent and travel.
The House voted 94-23 Monday to pass its version of Senate Bill 2374 (http://bit.ly/25tbduA ).
The bill returns to the Senate, which could either accept or reject the study committee that the House added.
House Elections Committee Chairman Bill Denny of Jackson says a study group would help lawmakers better understand whether changes are needed.
Democratic Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Jackson says Denny and other Republicans rejected a study committee for an issue she opposes — restructuring the Jackson airport board. Wooten says campaign finance laws need to change this year.