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Tue., March 14, 2017, 3:34 p.m.

House votes to muzzle school districts

The Idaho House has voted 53-16 in favor of HB 270, the third version of Rep. Jason Monks’ bill to ban local governments or school districts from in any way using public funds to influence the outcome of an election on a bond or levy. The measure, scaled back from the earlier versions, is limited to just bond and levy votes, and specifically notes that public officials’ First Amendment rights to express their own personal views on a measure wouldn’t be restricted – but Monks said that applies only in individual communications, not in mass communications of any kind, including group emails sent from a publicly funded account. It also includes provisions for an election to be declared invalid if it was influenced by public funds or property; violations by public officials could bring criminal fines of up to $1,000 and orders to pay restitution/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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