FRANKFORT  (AP) — The Kentucky legislature has passed a bill that would require candidates for public office to file their campaign finance reports electronically.

The House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 4 on Monday by a vote of 68-26. The requirement would begin for the 2020 election cycle.

The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance said all but 106 of the more than 1,500 candidates for office last year filed their campaign finance reports on paper. The paperwork overwhelmed the agency’s 12 staff members who enter the data into the computer system so the public can view it.

It’s the first bill to pass the state legislature this year. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature. 

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