Bill buying time for campaign finance signed by Governor

A bill extending the seven-day window the legislature has to respond to a court decision on the state’s embattled campaign finance program was passed by the Senate Wednesday and signed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

A federal appeals court is currently considering the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that the public finance law is unconstitutional. Under the current law, if the appellate court agrees the program is unconstitutional, the legislature has seven days in which to fix it.

The law extends the deadline to 30 days.

Almost 250 committees have been formed for the 2010 elections, and are considering using public campaign financing.