After 88 days, lawmakers finally completed their work and adjourned sine die on Thursday morning. Before they were able to leave Boise, legislators had to dispense with several pieces of legislation.
At 9 AM this morning, the Senate took up debate on SB 1200, the FY 14 Public Appropriations bill and voted 29-5 in favor of this new version, which differs very little from the original budget they defeated a week ago.
Shortly thereafter, the Senate adjourned for the final time this session.
SB 1200 was quickly shuttled across the rotunda and the House began debating it just an hour later. Following very brief debate, the House passed the measure 57-11-2, leaving just one bill for the House to debate before adjourning sine die.
House Approves SB 1040a
Immediately after approving the public schools budget for the coming year, the House suspended their rules and began debating SB 1040a, the bill the Senate “radiator capped” as a vehicle to reintroduce SB 1148—the bill previously killed by the Senate.
SB 1040a gives local school boards the sole authority to reduce or increase contract days and/or reduce or increase the salary of employees for any reason or no reason whatsoever and further deny an individual due process hearing for affected employees. It also allows, in very limited circumstances and for a limited period of time, districts to lower contract days with or without concurrence through the negotiations process.
After nearly an hour of debate, the House voted 47-21-2 to approve the measure. This bill now moves to the Governor for his signature.
The House then quickly adjourned sine die, bringing the 1st Regular Session of the 62nd Idaho Legislature to a close.
In the coming days, we’ll send a final wrap-up edition of the IEA Legislative Hotline. In the meantime, thank you for your efforts to communicate with and inform lawmakers as they worked through the dozens of education bills this session.
We’ll need your help over the summer and early fall months as we work with the Governor’s Task Force on Education and the legislative interim committee on education. Both of these groups will be meeting over the next few months to develop recommendations for how Idaho can further reform all aspects of education law, including many of the concepts passed this session.