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Last year, the Salt Lake City School Board held a planning meeting at Snowbird ski resort. Because of that, the House on Wednesday took a first step to ban school boards from meeting outside of their geographical boundaries.

It passed HB81 on a 48-25 vote, and sent it to the Senate.

Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, the bill's sponsor, said boards should meet "close to the constituents, close to the parents, close to the individuals they affect. This increases both real and perceived accessibility."

He said the Salt Lake City board had taken at least one vote on a business item while meeting at Snowbird.

Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, noted he was a member of that school board years ago. He said out-of-district meetings should be a matter for local residents to handle, rather than the House acting "like a 75-member school board" trying to impose state rules.

­— Lee Davidson