Legislation proposes longer terms for school trusteesMarch 26, 2014
School trustees elected this fall would serve a four-year term rather than three years if legislation introduced Wednesday is passed by the B.C. legislature.
The government introduced two bills affecting school board and municipal elections – one to extend the term of office and the other to improve campaign finance transparency by requiring that:
– Candidates file financial disclosure statements within 90 days after the vote rather than 120.
– All campaign donations and expenses be posted on the Elections BC website.
– All election advertisements include sponsorship information.
– Third-party advertising sponsors disclose expenditures.
The legislation would also give Elections BC a new role in local elections, including review and publication of disclosure statements and monitoring compliance with the law, the Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ministry said in a release.
The government has also proposed changing the voting month to October from November, but not until 2018. The municipal election this year is set for Nov. 15.