Apr 8, 2014 12:06 PM by Ian Auzenne
A bill in the state legislature that would change the election dates for the Lafayette Parish School Board will be debated Thursday on the House floor.
House Bill 786, authored by Rep. Nancy Landry (R-Lafayette), was passed out of committee last week.
The bill would move Lafayette Parish School Board elections from congressional midterm election years to Louisiana gubernatorial election years. To make that change possible, school board members elected during November's election would serve a five-year term, staying in office until 2020.
Landry says her research shows that moving school board elections to gubernatorial election years would increase voter turnout and make the school board more efficient.
If the bill clears the full House, it will then head to the Senate for review.