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Legislation proposes longer terms for school trusteesMarch 26, 2014

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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.

Extension of the term of office to four years was approved by the Union of BC Municipalities and the B.C. School Trustees’ Association.

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