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Just the facts, please: Proposed law would limit school districts' advocacy role



A Senate bill that unexpectedly zipped through the House last night -- the House companion stalled out in committee -- would make it even harder for school districts (and other government entities) to campaign on behalf of issues that matter to them.

The proposal, which is headed back to the Senate for one more vote, prohibits the use of any government funds for ads or other types of electioneering relating to matters headed to the voters.

It sets forth exceptions for communications "limited to factual information" and makes clear that elected officials may voice their opinions "on any issue at any time."

Still, some school district folks worry that this legislation would limit their ability to promote a local sales tax for education, for instance, or to take a position on the class-size amendment if it returns to the ballot.

Of course, there's always that point that local government uses everyone's money, and not everyone supports the issues that the government wants to see enacted. This one flew under the radar for many in Tally, though, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:22am]


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