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Mary Souza’s school board election bill clears Senate panel on party-line vote

Education would improve in Idaho if the state moved its school board elections from May to November, Coeur d’Alene Sen. Mary Souza told a Senate committee on Friday, to give them more visibility and draw more voter participation. The committee approved Souza’s bill on a party-line vote, with just two minority Democrats dissenting.

Souza pulls school elections bill

Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, has just asked unanimous consent in the Senate to return her controversial school elections bill, SB 1103a, to committee. “The hope of this bill is to increase the low voter turnout all over the state in important school elections,” Souza...

Souza’s bill all about local fight

As you know, Sen. Mary Souza again is trying to move school elections from the spring in off years to the general election in even years. She claims that the move is to encourage voter turnout. But others suspect that Souza is trying to soothe the feathers of former Hard Right trustees who resigned or were voted out of office.

School elections bill follows local fight in Coeur d’Alene

In 2013, a group aligned with one slice within Kootenai County’s GOP spectrum briefly seized control of the Coeur d’Alene School Board as three conservative appointees joined two elected trustees to push the board to the right. Led by Brent Regan, a North Idaho businessman...

Sen. Souza wants changes in school board elections

On her second try, Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, persuaded the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning to introduce legislation to shift school board elections from May of odd years to the November general election of even years, and also to make other changes to...

Eye on Boise: Bill limiting kids’ use of tanning beds heads to governor

After years of debate, lawmakers have sent legislation limiting children’s use of artificial tanning beds to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk.   HB 177 passed the Senate late last week on a 23-12 vote. Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said it matches new restrictions on tanning beds, which are linked to skin cancer, particularly for the young, to existing restrictions in Idaho on youngsters getting tattoos, piercings or brandings. “Thirteen and under, you just don’t do it,” Hagedorn said. “Between 14 and 18, you get parental consent. And that’s worked very well for these things; I think it’ll work very well here.”