Lawmakers were called back to Boise on Monday by Governor Otter to finish their work. They had just one bill to consider, and after nearly twelve hours consumed with public testimony, discussion and debate, they passed HB 1 thereby assuring Idaho’s child support enforcement system continues to operate. Over the past month, there has been […]

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Governor Otter met with members of the press on Wednesday morning to announce that he will call the legislature back to Boise for what will likely be a one-day special session to address Idaho’s compliance with federal child support enforcement legislation. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol at 8 AM on Monday, May 18th for […]

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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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