After passing both chambers by wide margins, the education funding bills now only await a signature from the governor, and no further education policy bills are expected in this session. The legislature had set a goal of adjourning by March 24, but is still trying to find consensus on a couple of pieces of legislation, so the 2017 session may extend into next week. The Senate has worked through most of its remaining bills, but the House remains backlogged on pending legislation.
Legislators have yet to find common ground on the best way to provide tax relief—the Senate passed a repeal of the grocery tax after the House sent them an income tax cut bill. Debate and caucuses took place through much of Thursday, but no action has yet been taken. Also, still awaiting resolution is transportation funding legislation following the Senate’s rejection of a bill yesterday. A group of Canyon County legislators told the media that they will not agree to adjournment until a funding bill is in place that will address road conditions on I-84 in Western Idaho.
Since education-related legislation has been completed for the session, we will be sending out the Hotline as circumstances warrant, rather than on a daily basis. Be sure to look for our Legislative Recap podcast, as well as the Post Legislative Roundup, with the IEA legislative team traveling around the state to meet with members face-to-face to discuss the impact of this year’s developments at the Capitol.