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BOISE, Idaho -- A retiring state lawmaker has joined Gov. C.L. Butch Otter's campaign to retain new education laws that limit collective bargaining while phasing laptops into the classroom and making online learning a requirement.

State Rep. Mack Shirley of Rexburg has been named treasurer of the governor's political action committee, YES! For Idaho Education. The group's paperwork was filed with the Idaho Secretary of State's office late Wednesday.

The campaign will be spearheaded by Otter and co-chaired by state Board of Education member Milford Terrell and Wendy Horman, who serves on the Idaho Falls School Board. Their work will be targeted at beating back efforts to repeal the education laws.

The three measures championed by public schools chief Tom Luna face a test at the ballot box in November.

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