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If approved, the measure would lower the threshold for local bond passage from 66.66 percent to 60 percent.
"It's still a sizable majority," said Erpelding, who introduced the measure to the House Local Government Committee. "Currently, Idaho is among the strictest—if not the strictest—state in the nation for passing bonds."
Erpelding referred to a number of rural school bond initiatives that went down to defeat by the slimmest of margins.
"In 2015, a Bonneville County bond failed because it had received 65.2 percent of the vote. When they tried a second time, it received 66.19 percent, failing again," said Erpelding. "Other areas of the state have also had difficulty in getting bonds passed—particularly for schools."
Ultimately, the committee voted to move the proposal to a full public hearing, with Reps. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens), Mike Kingsley (R-Lewiston) and Lynn Luker (R-Boise) voting "no."
Erpelding said it will be an uphill fight to approve the bill, which would require a change to the Idaho Constitution.
"As you know, this will take a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate," he said.