House OKs bill to change school board elections

House OKs bill to change school board elections



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has passed a bill that would eliminate the process of nominating candidates for state school board elections.

House Bill 150, passed Monday 45-29, would allow candidates to run in regular, direct elections.

Currently, a governor-appointed committee recruits candidates, then narrows the field to three people for each seat. Those names are forwarded to the governor, who then selects two candidates to appear on the ballot for each seat.

Bill sponsor Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, says the current procedure isn't a true democratic process.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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