Listen to IEA President Penni Cyr, Executive Director Robin Nettinga and Director of Public Policy Matt Compton discussing the significant outcomes of the recently concluded legislative session and what they mean for professional educators.
The Senate began the 74th day of the session on Thursday with an appeal from Majority Leader Sen. Bart Davis (R-Idaho Falls) that they work diligently all day and adjourn sine die by the end of the day.
The Senate suspended their rules and took up debate on the public school budget for FY 15 prior to taking a noon lunch break.
Six separate bills that will direct funding for public schools next year were printed on Wednesday morning and the House of Representatives approved the measures late Wednesday afternoon.
SB 1232 will assure that a school bus driver who is working within the scope of his or her duties will not be civilly or criminally liable for reasonably acting to aid a rider on the bus whom the school bus driver reasonably believes to be in imminent danger of harm or injury.
…Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee have voted unanimously to allocate $90,000 to the Legislative Services Office to conduct service audits of the Idaho Education Network and the state high school WiFi contract.
Following a second round of amendments, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Monday, sponsored by the IEA, that would amend Idaho law to shield a school bus driver from civil or criminal liability in the event he or she comes to the aid of a rider who may be in danger.
Except for a few straggling bills, most measures are either slated for a vote this week or have been secured in a dark desk drawer of a committee chairman for the remainder of the session.
Both the House and Senate met Friday morning to continue whittling down the list of bills as they work their way toward a March 21 deadline. Both the House and Senate adjourned by noon on Friday. It is not uncommon for legislators to meet well into the afternoon on Fridays at this time in the session.
Here is an update regarding of some of the pieces of legislation the IEA has been following this session: