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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

Legislature Looks at Mapping Campaign Spending Money Trails

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011   

CASPER, Wyo. - One of the items on the Wyoming Legislature's "to-do" list is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the "Citizens United" case, related to corporations and direct spending in elections. Current Wyoming law that prohibits corporations and unions from direct spending has to change, and a state Senate committee looks at the options today.

Dan Neal, executive director of the Equality State Policy Center, says Wyoming has a strong tradition of requiring public information about spending. He says that can continue, if a public reporting requirement is added to the proposal currently on the table.

"Let's make sure we know where the money's coming from, so that the spending by corporations and others would be more transparent."

Neal explains that if the state law doesn't include specifics on reporting, a company, even one from another country, can set up a dummy nonprofit organization with a misleading name and hide behind that name.

"Then, contribute money under that name – and the way the bill is written right now, that's all they would have to say. We want them to have to report what the corporation itself has contributed."

Disclosure amendments are being debated in the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee.



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