A bill to change how conservation district supervisors are elected won wide support Wednesday at a House hearing, except from the Washington Farm Bureau.
House Bill 1652 would let districts hold elections in November, putting supervisor candidates on ballots with contenders for higher-profile offices, such as city councils.
Districts could stay with self-organized, lower-key and cheaper elections, but they may face pressure to move to November, Farm Bureau director of government relations Tom Davis said.
Conservation districts would have to help pay for the larger general elections. Davis told the State Government Committee that the money would be better spent helping landowners.