Idaho House Approves New School Board Campaign Finance Rules

Mar 24, 2015

The Idaho House has passed a plan requiring school board candidates in roughly half of Idaho's school districts to file campaign finance reports.

The House voted 50-19 on Tuesday to require candidates in districts with at least 500 students to file the same campaign disclosure reports as other elected officials.

Republican Rep. Patrick McDonald from Boise says that companies or citizens may try to influence elections for local school boards, which often control multi-million dollar budgets.

However, Republican Rep. Ryan Kerby, a former school superintendent from New Plymouth, says that filing the report is too much of a burden in districts where many candidates run unopposed.

The Senate already passed the bill 24-11.

It now goes to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature.