House approves 'last best offer' bargaining bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- House lawmakers have agreed to give school districts the power to impose a final offer in cases when contract talks with teachers reach a stalemate.
The bill was approved Thursday by the GOP dominated House on a 55-14 vote. The legislation sought by the Idaho School Board Association gives trustees the power to end contract negotiations June 10 with a final offer.
Republican Rep. Wendy Horman of Idaho Falls says school boards need a deadline to help meet budget deadlines.
But Boise Democrat Rep. Grant Burgoyne argues the legislation gives districts too much authority. He also suggested teachers would leave Idaho if collective bargaining rights are weakened.
The proposal now headed to the Senate would be limited to one year, a concession intended to allow stakeholders to study its success.