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2005 House Bill 4755: Require school board elections be in November
  1. Introduced by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on May 10, 2005, to require school board and village elections to be held in November. Under election consolidation law passed in 2003, school districts may choose to hold their elections in May, which in most cases means the districts must pay the entire cost of the election, because no other government bodies have elections then.
    • Referred to the House Oversight, Elections and Ethics Committee on May 10, 2005.
      • Reported in the House on May 3, 2006, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 3, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not require all school elections be held in November, but instead just requires school districts to schedule their May elections in either odd or even years. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 3, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Ward (R) on May 3, 2006, to require all regular school elections be held in November. The amendment passed 61 to 45 in the House on May 3, 2006.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 60 to 46 in the House on May 3, 2006, to require all regular school board elections to be held in November, in either even or odd years. Under election consolidation law passed in 2003, school districts may choose to hold their elections in May, which in most cases means the districts must pay the entire cost of the election, because no other government bodies have elections then. The bill also specifies that for village elections held in conjunction with another township election, a village would pay a proportionate share of the election expense. If not, the village would pay 100 percent of the actual costs.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 4, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations and Reform Committee on May 4, 2006.

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