AUGUSTA — A legislative bill that would have permitted local and municipal candidates to receive up to $750 in individual campaign contributions won’t take effect until Jan. 1, according to Rep. Ben Chipman, I-Portland.

Chipman fought successfully today for an amendment to LD 856 that will delay any changes to the campaign contribution laws until after the November elections.

The Senate and the House today adopted the amendment that will keep individual campaign contributions capped at $350 through January.

Chipman, who opposed any increase to the campaign contribution law, said raising the limit to $750 during Portland’s first, elected mayoral race would not have been fair. If his amendment had not passed, the change to the contribution limit would have taken effect in September.

“From a fairness perspective, it didn’t make sense to change the rules in the middle of the game,” Chipman said.