Weekly Legislative Update (March 16-20)

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PARENTAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION – The Senate voted 23 to 12 to approve SB 1096a to add a new chapter to Title 33, Idaho Code affirming parental rights in education.  Sponsored by Senator Den Hartog and Senator Souza, this new chapter affirms that a student’s parent or guardian is the primary person responsible for the education of the student.  This legislation places the state in a secondary and supportive role to the parent or guardian. The chapter outlines how school districts and public charter schools encourage and facilitate parental involvement in the education of their children.  For instance, school districts and public charter schools are to inform parents about the materials being used in the education of their children.  Parents, who object to materials being used, have the option to withdraw their children from an activity or class.  The act requires an annual notice of parental rights be distributed to parents and guardians. [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (March 9-13)

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STATE BUDGET UPDATE – The Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) finished setting the state budget this week.  All budgets were set with the exception of public schools, which is being delayed due to the proposed “career ladder” for teachers.  JFAC desires that the policy decisions take place prior to the budgetary actions.  Not including public schools, the rest of the budget is at a modest 2.4 percent increase which is no small fete since it includes a 3 percent increase in compensation for state employees.  Overall, JFAC approved spending at $19 million less than the Governor recommended. [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (February 23-27)

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WELCOME BACK SENATOR LODGE! – Senator Patti Anne Lodge returned to the Senate this week and thanked those who sent cards and offered prayers during her illness and recovery. On the Senate Floor, Senator Lodge thanked Senator Kimberly Johnson of Caldwell who substituted for her for five weeks.

EMINENT DOMAIN – The Senate voted 20 to 13 to approve SB 1044 to amend Section 7-701A, Idaho Code, placing additional limitations on the use of eminent domain. This bill amends existing law to provide that eminent domain shall not be used for [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (February 16-20)

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U.S. SENATORS JIM RISCH & MIKE CRAPO – U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo addressed both the Idaho House and Senate this week. This is the second consecutive year in Idaho’s Legislative history that both U.S. Senators came and the Idaho Senate. The Senators emphasized their strong cooperative relationship in Washington, D.C., working together on issues to make Idaho’s votes count. [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (February 9-13)

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SENATOR MIKE CRAPO – U.S. Senator Mike Crapo will kick off the 2015 Congressional Forum hosted by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Senator Crapo will review the latest federal issues in the 114th Congress and answer questions on February 19th from noon to 1:00pm at The Grove Hotel.

GARY STEVENS HONORED – This week Senator Jim Rice, on behalf of the Agricultural Affairs Committee, proposed a Senate Concurrent Resolution to honor Gary Stevens for his outstanding career and accomplishments in horse racing. [Read more…]