BOISE -- On party-line votes, the House approved two school board association-backed bills aiming give to districts more leverage during negotiations as well as require the teachers union to prove it represents a majority of a district's educators before it can bargain for them.

The two measures, pushed by the Idaho School Board Association after similar provisions were dumped as part of voters' rejection of the Students Come First laws in November, each cleared the chamber on 57-13 votes, with Democrats against the measures.

Idaho School Board Association Executive Director Karen Echeverria has said the legislation gives school boards more flexibility to manage their finances.

The Idaho Education Association teachers union opposed the measures.

Both have already cleared the Senate and now to Gov. C.L. Butch Otter for his signature.

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