A Conference Committee comprised of House and Senate leaders from the majority and minority parties spent the bulk of the day on Thursday haggling over how to pay for road repairs. The House was represented by Transportation and Defense Committee Chairman Joe Palmer (R-Meridian), House Majority Caucus Chair John VanderWoude (R-Nampa), and Assistant Minority Leader […]

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It appeared late Tuesday afternoon that the 2015 Idaho Legislature might be able to conclude their business late Wednesday or early Thursday morning and adjourn sine die. Those plans were scuttled on Wednesday afternoon when the full House rejected the Senate amendments to HB 312, initiating House Speaker Scott Bedke’s (R-Oakley) announcement to the members […]

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The legislature continues to churn its way toward final adjournment on Tuesday with an agreement on transportation funding being the main hold up. All of the important public school bills have been dealt with by both the House and the Senate. Only a few education bills still await the Governor’s signature. Here is a short […]

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Representatives of the education stakeholders joined Governor Otter, Supt. Sherri Ybarra, House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley), House Education Chair Rep. Reed DeMordaunt (R-Eagle), Senate Education Chair Dean Mortimer (R-Idaho Falls), Rep. Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree), Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise), and Sen’s. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise) and Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise) in a bill signing ceremony on Thursday. IEA […]

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