Allen Loughry, a Republican, won a seat on the Supreme Court after receiving public funds through the pilot program.
"It's a good way to get special interest money out of elections," said Delegate Tim Manchin, D-Marion.
The bill would give qualified candidates up to $300,000 in campaign funds during the primary election, and $525,000 during the general election.
"It's completely voluntary," Manchin said.
House Minority Whip Daryl Cowles said Loughry won the election in spite of the public campaign-financing program, which sparked legal challenges last year.
Cowles, R-Morgan, likened the project to "government financing of partisan politics."
"Friends, the pilot project was a failure," said Cowles, who voted against the bill.
* Approved legislation (HB2825) that could raise the salary of the next cabinet secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources from $95,000 to $175,000.
* Killed a bill (HB2946) that would have repealed the ban on Sunday liquor sales in West Virginia. The bill also would have allowed the sale of beer and wine starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Under state law, consumers can't buy beer or wine at West Virginia retail stores until 1 p.m. on Sundays.
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