When citizens pay taxes, they entrust their money to the government to be used for public purposes. That money should be used for providing public services and for conducting state business. Recently, the legislature passed and the governor signed legislation that increases the penalty for state workers who may use public funds for something other than conducting state business.
All individuals should be free to support candidates and work for campaigns. The US Constitution grants that right in the First Amendment. HB 326 does not prohibit anyone from engaging in these activities, but rather strengthens the line between politics and state business.
Making government run more fairly and efficiently has been a commitment of the 129th General Assembly from the beginning. House Bill 326 is just another step to safeguard taxpayer dollars to ensure that public resources are being used for the public good.