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BOISE -- A bill to block lawmakers from serving in other elected posts like school boards and highway districts is headed for a House vote after proponents said it will help protect the public from officials with a conflict of interest.

The bill passed the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday morning over objections that it takes the decision away from voters and creates hardship for smaller districts.

Rep. Lynn Luker, a Republican from Boise and the author of the bill, said that representatives or senators who also serve on other boards could find themselves torn when they consider proposals that could affect those institutions.

He faced opposition from some fellow lawmakers, including several who currently occupy dual roles -- and say they're capable of voting their conscience in either position.

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