It is Not Over Yet, 2013 Idaho Legislature to Continue Next Week
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At least this is certain: Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill says a Friday adjournment isn’t going to happen, following the razor-thin, 18-17 Senate defeat of the $1.3 billion education budget. Hill had just emerged from a meeting with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter late Wednesday afternoon, where they’d talked about fallout from the spending plan’s failure.
Others in the meeting were House Speaker Scott Bedke, schools chief Tom Luna, and House and Senate Education committee leaders, Rep. Reed DeMordaunt and Sen. John Goedde. Hills says there will be public hearings, possibly by Friday.
At those sessions, there will be discussions of all the disputed issues: Teacher salaries, funding for school operations and technology. But Hill expects it will be at least midweek next week before lawmakers are ready to adjourn.