- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho Senate panel has spiked legislation that would have moved school board elections to November in even years.

Sen. Jim Rice, a Republican from Caldwell, argues the measure is needed to attract higher voter turnout in the sometimes overlooked office. Earlier this year, a legislative review of 22 school districts in the state revealed that less than 12 percent of voters voted in 11 districts

However, the Senate Education Committee overwhelmingly disagreed. Sen. Mary Souza, a Republican from Coeur d’Alene, cast the only supporting vote on the seven-member committee Monday.

Karen Echeverria , executive director for the Idaho School Board Association, said her organized opposed the bill because it moved a non-partisan election onto a partisan ballot.


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