Senate committee chairman apologizes after improper closed meeting

From The Spokesman-Review

An Idaho Senate committee chairman apologized Tuesday for violating Senate rules a day earlier by convening an impromptu – and likely illegal – closed meeting of his committee, over a move to force a hearing on House-passed legislation to legalize medical use of CBD oil, which is extracted from cannabis, in Idaho.

Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, also informed his committee that a vote taken Monday to kill the bill wasn’t valid – because the bill wasn’t on the committee’s agenda.

“That was not an appropriate thing to do,” he said of his actions a day earlier. “I apologize to the committee for any of us getting into trouble.”

The CBD oil bill remains pending in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Heider said.

“I don’t know if I’ll bring it out at some point,” he said. “The status is right now it’s in my drawer. Believe me, I’m getting lots of emails about that.”

In the Idaho Legislature, a committee chair can unilaterally kill a bill by not scheduling a hearing on it. But that can be overridden by moves like calling the bill from the floor of the Senate or House, a parliamentary move that is rare, but does occur.

On Monday, Sen. Tony Potts, R-Idaho Falls, made an unexpected motion to hold a hearing on the bill on the spot, though the measure wasn’t on the committee’s agenda. An angry Heider led his committee behind closed doors in his office, where shouting could be heard. Reporters were kept outside. Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television, knocked on the door and informed Heider he was violating the Idaho Open Meeting Law.

After six minutes, the committee reconvened in its regular hearing room and approved a substitute motion to hold the CBD oil bill in committee. Potts’ motion “kinda threw us off,” Heider said, “because he was not on the agenda. That’s also a violation. So it kinda threw me off a bit.”

Heider said he’s holding the bill because lots of people want him to, including prosecutors, law enforcement, the governor’s office and the state Office of Drug Policy.

Gov. Butch Otter’s office had no comment Tuesday, but last week, Otter hinted at a “Capitol for a Day” session in eastern Idaho that if the bill passes, he might veto it again, as he did an earlier measure in 2015.

“I feel like it really is opening the door to marijuana in our state,” Heider said. “We are the bastion of freedom from marijuana in our state, and I like living here.”

CBD oil has only trace amounts of THC, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana. Idaho is involved in a drug trial in which more than 30 Idaho children with intractable epilepsy are being treated with a commercial version of CBD oil called Epidiolex. Success has been reported in reducing the children’s seizures.

The issue prompted comments from all three leading GOP candidates for governor of Idaho, with 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador blasting the “Otter-Little administration” for trying to “manipulate the Legislature, usurp the legislative process, and deny our citizens a voice in this important debate.”

Little, who had been in Idaho Falls but arrived in Boise in time to preside over a late-afternoon Senate floor session on Tuesday, said he hadn’t read the bill or heard the details of the dustup. Little said he hopes CBD oil can become available commercially through programs like Idaho’s current drug trial.

“It’s got to be quality-controlled, that’s the issue,” he said.

The third leading GOP candidate in the race, physician and businessman Tommy Ahlquist, said, “Since day one of this campaign, I have supported the legalization of CBD oil that helps sick people as long as the THC is removed and it’s prescribed by a doctor.” He said he’d “work with the Legislature to build a legislative agenda that prevents situations like this.”

From The Spokesman-Review

Court: Idaho nuclear waste documents won’t be made public

From the Associated Press

By Keith Ridler, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials don’t have to provide details about proposed shipments of extremely radioactive spent commercial nuclear fuel to the country’s top government nuclear research laboratory in Idaho, a federal court has ruled.

The ruling was a major setback to a lawsuit filed by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who had a long history of legal battles with the Energy Department over nuclear waste entering the state and a firm belief that residents had a right to know the agency’s plans.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Tuesday ruled the agency acted properly in withholding information sought by Andrus in a Freedom of Information Act request he filed in January 2015.

That decision means the documents will not be released to the public anytime soon, but they ultimately could be as another part of Andrus’ argument has yet to play out and the case remains open.

Andrus, a Democrat who died in August at age 85, filed the lawsuit in September 2015 after receiving heavily blacked-out documents from the federal agency about the spent commercial nuclear fuel shipments. His daughter, Tracy Andrus, has been substituted with the court’s approval as the plaintiff in the case.

The former governor’s longtime aide, Marc Johnson, said he was disappointed with Tuesday’s ruling in favor of the Department of Energy, “particularly after waiting so long to see what DOE really has in mind for further waste in Idaho.”

The lawsuit seeks information about several hundred pounds of proposed research shipments of spent commercial nuclear fuel the federal agency wants to send to the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s top federal nuclear research lab. The shipments required a waiver to a nuclear waste agreement the Energy Department and Idaho signed in 1995 limiting nuclear waste shipments to Idaho. The agreement followed federal court victories by then Gov. Andrus at a time when he feared the state was becoming a repository for the nation’s nuclear waste.

Andrus, before his death from complications from cancer, contended that signing such a waiver would open the state up to receiving tons of nuclear waste from around the nation, and is why he sought information about the Energy Department’s plans.

In August 2016, Winmill ordered the Energy Department to provide the court with the documents Andrus wanted to determine whether the agency’s redactions fell within exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act. Winmill on Tuesday ruled they did.

“The court will sustain DOE’s assertion of privilege, and not require it to provide the plaintiff with a copy of any of the documents,” he wrote.

Energy Department officials didn’t immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press on Wednesday. The agency has previously said it wants to better understand “high burnup” spent fuel that is accumulating at nuclear power plants in the U.S. The fuel stays longer in nuclear reactors than other nuclear fuel and produces more energy. But its spent fuel comes out hotter and more radioactive than fuel that does not stay so long in reactors.

In Winmill’s 2016 order, he also directed the Energy Department to determine whether the redacted material “would relate to the public’s interest, rather than that of the agency itself.” He said if the information wasn’t in the public’s interest, the agency had to explain why, and not just site the policy underlying the exemption.

Winmill in that order is telling the Energy Department to explain why releasing the information would not be in the public interest of Idaho residents, said Andrus’ lawyer, Laird Lucas, with the Advocates for the West legal firm that often represents environmental groups. He said the federal agency hasn’t yet responded to that part of Winmill’s order.

The former governor in a 2016 interview with The Associated Press said he filed the lawsuit because “we have to know what’s going on.”

The Energy Department’s “stonewalling and reluctance lends credence to my suspicion,” he said. “That’s all I have right now — a strong suspicion backed up by a history of an agency that has run roughshod over the public for way too many years.”

From the Associated Press

Former Rep. Gary Ingram, author of Idaho Open Meeting Law, dies at age 84

From The Spokesman-Review

By Betsy Z. Russell

Former Idaho state Rep. Gary Ingram, the author of the Idaho Open Meeting Law, has died at the age of 84.

Ingram, who served in the Idaho House from 1973 to 1980, was a longtime advocate for open government in Idaho. In 2009, he was recognized with the Max Dalton Open Government Award sponsored by the Idaho Newspaper Foundation.

“Gary Ingram has spent the last 35 years working to defend the basic principle that citizens should have open access to their government,” INF Executive Director Tom Grote, of McCall, Idaho, said when Ingram won the award.

“I was saddened to learn of Representative Ingram’s passing,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “His legacy as the father of Idaho’s Open Meetings Law ensures transparency and confidence that our republic will carry on. Through his work, he brought light to Idaho government at every level.”

Ingram came to Idaho from St. Paul, Minn. A lifelong Republican and former Kootenai County GOP chairman, he served four terms in the House and chaired the House Local Government Committee.

The Idaho Open Meeting Law requires Idaho governmental boards, commissions and councils to meet openly and provide public notice of their meetings. The preamble that Ingram wrote for the law, which remains in Idaho state law today, says, “Formation of public policy at open meetings. The people of the state of Idaho in creating the instruments of government that serve them, do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies so created. Therefore, the Legislature finds and declares that it is the policy of this state that the formation of public policy is public business and shall not be conducted in secret.”

“He was a principled person and a firm believer in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” said longtime friend and fishing partner Bob Hollingsworth. “Also he was a person that if somebody did something that was against the Constitution, he let ‘em know right away – he was good that way.”

In 2012, Ingram returned to the Idaho House temporarily, serving as a substitute for then-Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene.

Ingram served on the Kootenai County GOP central committee until his death.

Current Kootenai County GOP Chair Brent Regan said in a statement, “Gary was a valued member of the Republican Central Committee where his opinions and advice were sought and respected. He will be missed and remembered.”

Ingram is survived by his wife, Thelma, four children and other family members. His death came just one day after his 84th birthday.

From The Spokesman-Review

Justice Dept. won’t release national monument documents

From the Associated Press

By Keith Ridler, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents possibly outlining legal justifications for President Donald Trump to shrink national monuments don’t have to be provided to an Idaho environmental law firm because they’re protected communications, federal officials say.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from Advocates for the West seeking the information.

The environmental law firm filed a public records request for documents on the national monuments earlier this year, and the Justice Department released more than 60 pages in May.

The agency withheld 12 pages, however, contending they are protected by attorney-client privilege and intra-agency communication rules, making them exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.

“The FOIA request that is the subject of this lawsuit implicates certain information that is protected from disclosure by one or more statutory exemptions,” the Justice Department wrote in the court document. “Disclosure of such information is not required.”

Advocates for the West filed the lawsuit in Idaho’s U.S. District Court last month, asking a judge to force the government to turn over the information that the group suspects makes a legal argument for shrinking national monuments.

“We believe there may well have been a new Department of Justice interpretation in order to provide them with cover, and that’s what we’re trying to get at,” said Laird Lucas of Advocates of the West. “The top lawyers in the county advising the president on what the law says should be information that all of us get to review.”

The monuments have been created under the Antiquities Act, a 1906 law that allows presidents to protect sites considered historic or geographically or culturally important.

National monuments that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Trump shrink include Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou. Zinke has also recommended that Trump shrink two marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean.

“We have never seen an event like this in the history of the Antiquities Act,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor and public lands expert. “I don’t think the normal rules apply anymore.”

Freemuth said the interpretation of language within the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which deals with lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, would likely play a role in potential legal battles if Trump decides to shrink some monuments.

Whatever happens will likely be precedent setting for national monuments, Freemuth said.

The U.S. has more than 120, ranging from the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York to many others scattered across the U.S. West, including Bears Ears that covers 1.3 million acres.

Trump is expected to offer more details about his plans for that and other monuments when he visits Utah in early December.

If he announces a significant reduction in the size of a national monument, said Lucas, “I can assure you there will be one or more cases filed very quickly.”

Those lawsuits could result in the Justice Department making public the documents Advocates for the West is seeking, he said.

From the Associated Press

Complaint charges agency skirted Open Meeting Law

From BoiseDev.com

A group of connected Boiseans hopes to stop a downtown baseball and soccer stadium in its tracks, and is willing to press their case with the county prosecutor to do it.

A complaint filed late last month with the Ada County Prosecutor alleges the Greater Boise Auditorium District worked to circumvent Idaho’s open meetings law in order to conceal dealings with the developer of a proposed downtown Boise stadium.

The five-page complaint includes a string of email messages involving GBAD executive director Pat Rice and Greenstone Properties principal Chris Schoen.  Greenstone is hoping to build a stadium on land currently owned by St. Luke’s Health System near the Boise River in a complex deal that would include tax dollars, public bonds and private funding.

The Concerned Boise Taxpayers group led by former Albersons CEO Gary Michael and former Idaho Stampede lead investor Bill Ilett sent the letter to the Ada County Prosecutor on October 24th. BoiseDev was provided a copy of the letter and supporting documents from CBT.

READ THE COMPLAINT

“Since I have 5 board members and a quorum requires a public meeting, I’d recommend an hour each in groups of 2+1,” Rice wrote to Schoen in September of 2014.

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That e-mail, with carbon copies to John Brunelle with the Capital City Development Corporation and Jade Riley in Mayor Dave Bieter’s office among others, is the central piece of evidence in the CBT complaint.

“I can’t have more than two at a time otherwise it is a quorum”
— Pat Rice in en email to LeAnn Hume on October 2, 2014

In a follow up message to LeAnn Hume of Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, Rice again reiterated the importance of keeping his board in small group meetings.

“2 board members can meet. Then if we can tentatively plan for another meeting at 5 for 2 more board members that could work. As I mentioned previously, I can’t have more than two at a time otherwise it is a quorum.”

The Michael & Ilett group requested thousands of documents from the City of Boise, CCDC and GBAD via public records requests, and provided many of those documents to media outlets including BoiseDev.

“As we searched through the documents provided in response to our public records requests, it was clear to us that the Idaho Open Meeting law was ignored,” Michael said. “We want it investigated and, if the law was violated, we want it brought to light.”

When contacted, the Ada County Prosecutor would not comment on the existence of the letter.

“Disclosure of such records would compromise any ongoing investigation that might be taking place by disclosing complaining witnesses and the details of any statutory default that might have taken place,” Ada County Prosecutor Jan M. Bennetts wrote.

Rice had not seen the complaint when contacted last week by BoiseDev. After review, he was unable to comment fully on the record.

“This is a complaint in progress,” Rice said. “If the county prosecutor contacts us, we are going to cooperate fully. ”

He emphasized that though the City of Boise is working to move the project forward, his agency has had no formal involvement to this point.

“We are not committed to the project at this stage and the board has not seen any type of formal proposal.”

“It’s clearly a violation of the Idaho Open Meeting Law”
— Betsy Russell, Idaho Press Club president

After reviewing the complaint, Idaho Press Club president Betsy Russell expressed concern over the meetings as outlined.

“It’s clearly a violation of the Idaho Open Meeting Law,” she said.  “The point of the law is to ensure that the public’s business is done openly and that the public can observe it.”

Russell also serves with Idahoans for Openness in Government and says that group holds seminars on this very topic.

“It appears to me to be a classic case of what we call a ‘serial meeting’,” she said.  “Elaborate subterfuges designed to avoid a quorum and allow a series of smaller meetings to substitute for an open public one as a public agency deliberates on a topic not only would defeat the whole purpose of the open meeting law – they also clearly violate it.”

Ilett says that’s the central argument behind their complaint.

“The documents show that City Hall and GBAD have been very devious in the way they have pushed the project forward, working with the out-of-town developer for the past two-plus years without public disclosure,” he said.

Michael said this tactic is about one thing: stopping public dollars for a stadium.

“Our overall goal is simple. We do not want the baseball stadium built with public funds. It is the wrong project in the wrong place. ”

From BoiseDev.com

Public records show three donors behind PAC targeting I.F. mayor

From the Idaho Falls Post Register

A political action committee purported to represent a number of concerned Idaho Falls businessmen has seen almost all of its contributions come from companies run by three well-known area business owners.

Campaign finance documents filed by the Businesses for Growth PAC, which has targeted Mayor Rebecca Casper by taking out advertising encouraging voters to support “anybody but Casper,” show the entity was almost entirely funded by companies tied to three individuals: Former Bonneville County Republican Central Committee Chairman Doyle Beck, attorney Bryan Smith and Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot.

Chairman Adam Frugoli said his PAC has taken aim at Casper because of recent tax and fee increases, as well as concerns about government transparency and city employee morale.

“This is what we are concerned about at Businesses for Growth,” he said.

Forbes recently named VanderSloot the state’s wealthiest man.

None of the contributions are given individually, instead listed under a variety of corporate entities and LLCs which the donors control.

Melaleuca gave $5,000, the largest single contribution to the PAC. Spokesman Tony Lima said VanderSloot was on international travel Wednesday and unable to comment.

The Idaho Jet Center, Sunnyside Industrial and Professional Park, and BRP Inc. gave contributions of $1,000. Beck is the president of Idaho Jet Center, the manager of Sunnyside and the director of BRP, according to filings with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office.

In addition, two other LLCs, Degrand Resources LLC and C4 Hundred LLC, made $1,000 contributions. Searches of the secretary of state’s database turned up no hits for either company. However, C4 Hundred is registered in Montana, and Beck is listed as a manager, and Degrand Resources lists the same post office box as BECO Construction, where Beck is the president.

In all, companies tied to Beck gave $5,000 to Businesses for Growth.

“I think we need a mayor that supports businesses, and I think we need more openness,” Beck said.

Smith’s medical debt collection business, Medical Recovery Services, gave another $2,500.

A final $2,500 contribution came from JBC Construction, where Idaho Falls resident Brian Christensen is listed as the president. Another $100 has been pledged by Stelth Holding Co. LLC but not yet received. That company lists Ronald Hopkins of Ammon as a member and its registered agent.

Filings indicate that Businesses for Growth has spent about $9,900 of the roughly $15,000 in donations on advertising opposing Casper. Expenditures include almost $2,700 to Rich Broadcasting, $2,000 to Lamar Media of Baton Rouge, La., and $5,100 to Riverbend Communications, where VanderSloot is listed as the manager.

Casper didn’t return a phone call seeking comment by deadline.

From the Idaho Falls Post Register

50 gather to learn about open meetings, records in Twin Falls workshop

From IDOG

Fifty people gathered in a Twin Falls meeting room on the afternoon of July 18, 2017 to learn about Idaho’s open meeting and public records laws, in a session led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government and the Twin Falls Times-News.

Deputy Attorney General explained that the Idaho Open Meeting Law is “your ticket to the show,” with the show being government. It allows the public to be there and observe the meeting, he noted, but not necessarily participate in the meeting. “So just as you couldn’t go to your child’s play or a show on Broadway and jump up on the stage – though that might be fun – it doesn’t provide for that.”

And Kane said agencies sometimes complain to him about public records requests they receive: “This is just a fishing expedition.” But, he said, “The public records law gives them that right – to fish around. You may have to pay for it, but you have the right to those documents.”

Rules for charging fees for public records requests; how the content determines whether something’s a public record, whether it’s on a government computer or an official’s personal phone; and the need to be in open, public session to make decisions all were among topics explored. This was the 40th open government workshop conducted by IDOG and Wasden since 2004; it was the fourth in Twin Falls.

The first half of the session, held at the Center for the Arts Auditorium, focused on the Idaho Open Meeting Law, and included interactive skits in which members of the audience were called upon to play roles as reporters, government officials and more doing some of the right – and some of the wrong – things needed to comply with the open meeting law.

The second portion of the program focused on the Idaho Public Records Act. Again, audience members were called upon to take on roles in skits to help illustrate what is and isn’t allowed and how the law is supposed to work.

Wasden shared stories from his career that helped highlight the role of the two laws and how they play out in Idaho, as did Betsy Russell, reporter for The Spokesman-Review and president of IDOG. Travis Quast, publisher of the Times-News, welcomed the crowd and served as host.

Attendees gave the experience high marks. In evaluations, a city clerk said the session gave her “information everyone needs.” A school board member said he learned “draft minutes = public record.” “It was quite informative,” wrote a highway district employee. “Great overview of doing the public’s business in public,” said a city worker.

“Every time I attend I learn something more!” wrote one attendee. “So glad I came!”

“Do your homework and know the laws,” was what an elected official said she learned. Plus, something she plans to put to use right away: “Remember that electronic records are public.”

A TV station news director came away with something he plans to put to use: In a public records request, the first two hours of labor and 100 copies are free. And a county commissioner summed up his takeaway from the program like this: “The public has the right to know.”

IDOG is planning additional seminars this year in North Idaho in October in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston.

From IDOG

Groups host refresher on open meeting laws

From KMVT-TV

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —Members of the press, the public and local government met in Twin Falls Tuesday afternoon for a seminar on openness in government.

The roundtable was put together through a partnership between the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and the nonprofit Idahoans for Openness in Government.

The meeting gave those in attendance a refresher, or even a lesson on what is and is not covered by open meeting and public records laws.

“There are some changes in the law year-to-year, but more so than that there are changes in people. That is, local government folks change and you have new city councils and new mosquito abatement districts that are elected or whatever else,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “So to make certain that all those people have that opportunity to learn what the law is and to act in accordance with the law, that’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”

For information on Idaho’s open meetings and public records laws you can visit the attorney general’s website at www.ag.idaho.gov.

From KMVT-TV

Vermont passes ethics, disclosure laws; now Idaho’s one of just two states without

From Eye on Boise/The Spokesman-Review

Thanks to legislative action this year in Vermont, Idaho is now one of just two states in the nation with no requirements for personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers or other elected or appointed officials. Idaho had been one of three states with that distinction. Now it’s just Idaho and Michigan.

S.8, the legislation that Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law on June 14, includes a series of ethics reforms; it passed the Senate unanimously, and the House, 120-24. Its provisions include:

DISCLOSURE: Requirements for candidates and office-holders to disclose all income sources over $5,000, though not the specific amounts; the requirement includes income for both the candidate and candidate’s spouse. Candidates also will be required to disclose all entities on which they serve; companies in which they or a spouse own more than 10 percent; leases or contracts with the state in which the candidate or spouse has a 10 percent or more interest; and whether the candidate’s spouse or domestic partner is a lobbyist. Also, candidates for statewide offices will be required to release their federal tax returns.

REVOLVING DOOR: Legislators or executive officers will have to wait one year after leaving office before they could become lobbyists.

CONTRACTOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Sole-source contracts with those who have made campaign contributions are prohibited, as are campaign contributions by those holding state sole-source contracts.

ETHICS COMMISSION: Vermont will establish a State Ethics Commission, effective Jan. 1, 2018, with power to accept, review and refer complaints.

CONFLICTS: Every town, city and incorporated village in Vermont is required to adopt conflict-of-interest prohibitions for its elected officials and employees by July 1, 2019. The Vermont Secretary of State will then accept written complaints of violations, forward them to the town in question, and report them to the Ethics Commission.

Vermont’s move comes as the Idaho Legislature has appointed a working group of 10 lawmakers to study possible changes to Idaho’s laws on campaign finance reporting and ethics. Idaho currently has no “revolving door” law or financial disclosure requirements. Those are among the reasons the state earned a “D-minus” in the State Integrity Investigation in 2015, which compared states and their ethics and disclosure laws, practices and enforcement.

From Eye on Boise/The Spokesman-Review

Nampa school board to re-do superintendent hiring, after open meeting complaint

From Idaho Education News

by Clark Corbin

Nampa School District trustees are expected to void hiring “Candidate A,” and formally hire Paula Kellerer as district superintendent Wednesday night.

The following day, Idaho Education News filed a complaint with the Canyon County prosecutor’s office alleging the district violated Idaho’s open meeting law by conducting public business in secret.

Nampa officials then issued a news release announcing Kellerer’s hire. District spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck later said Kellerer was “Candidate A.”

Trustees and district officials have denied breaking the open meeting law.

Nevertheless, the board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to void its May 9 action and acknowledge that EdNews filed the complaint. The school board is ”willing to take action to void prior action in order to cure any perceived violation,” according to a written statement from the district.

Board members are then expected to offer the job to Kellerer by name and consider her contract.

As part of the board agreeing to void its previous action, Canyon County chief deputy prosecuting attorney Samuel Laugheed will not pursue charges against the district.

“In short, this office will elect against initiating formal enforcement proceedings on behalf of the public as authorized by Idaho Code §74-208 upon the district’s timely performance of the remedial measures it has proposed,” Laugheed wrote in a May 26 letter to Idaho Education News and the school district.

Laugheed wrote that the district’s decision to void its May 9 action was important.

“Such remediation, even absent acknowledgement of actual violation, is sufficient to this office’s inquiry as it remove the taint of impropriety from the action, regardless of whether such impropriety exists in law or public perception,” Laugheed wrote.

Kellerer succeeds outgoing Superintendent David Peterson, who retires June 30. Kellerer most recently served as Northwest Nazarene University’s dean of College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Click here to read EdNews formal complaint to Canyon County prosecuting attorney.

From Idaho Education News