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New charter school cap removal bill introduced on party-line vote

The House Ways & Means Committee just voted 4-3, along party lines, to introduce a new version of Rep. Cliff Bayer's legislation to lift the cap on creation of new charter schools in Idaho, which currently is set at six. With lawmakers pushing for adjournment today, however, it's unclear whether the bill has any chance of moving through both houses. The previous version was killed in the House yesterday in an ethics dispute, after a lobbyist distributed yellow fleece scarves commemorating "National School Choice Week" to every House member shortly before the House was to vote on the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, just told the Senate, "Senators, we are going home today. We are not holding any additional committee meetings. We are done."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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