Tribal gaming, Article 5 constitutional convention, FY ’18 budgets– a little bit of everything during week seven of the 2017 Idaho State Legislature.
The Idaho House State Affairs Committee on February 21 opened a public hearing on H 127, on Tribal Gaming and Slot Machines. In this audio clip, the bill’s sponsor, District 32 Rep. Tom Loertscher, introduced the legislation. (1:54)
Shannon Wheeler of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee asked that lawmakers vote against the bill. (1:25)
Later in the week, committee voted 8-7 to hold H 127 in committee. District 5 State Rep. Paulette Jordan voted against the bill, and part of her statement is heard in this audio clip. (1:37)
The Idaho State Senate State Affairs Committee on February 24 voted 5-4 in favor of SCR 108, which asks Idaho to petition for an Article V constitutional convention on a balanced budget amendment. The vote sends SCR 108 to the full Senate for debate. The vote came after a public hearing in which 25 people testified against the legislation; several who spoke said they didn’t believe such a convention would stick to the balanced budget issue. In this audio clip, the bill’s sponsor, Meridian State Sen. Marv Hagedorn, says in his closing statement it is about a balanced budget. (1:00)
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, JFAC, started setting FY ’18 budgets this past week, including those for Idaho Fish and Game, the Department of Finance, and the Department of Labor. JFAC approved the Governor’s recommendation for Health Education, including WWAMI. On Monday, February 27, JFAC will get into budgets for public schools and the Department of Health and Welfare.
Elsewhere around the State Legislature: The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected S 1104, on assignments for magistrate judges; the Senate Education Committee took testimony on science standards and will return to the issue February 27; the Idaho House passed H 150, which says early voting starts during a certain time period before the election; the Idaho Senate passed and sent to the House S 1099, to establish a new division head within the Idaho Department of Lands on oil and gas conservation matters; and the Idaho House Judiciary Committee passed a bill on codifying standards for sexual assault evidence, medical exams.
Week eight begins February 27.
Posted February 26, 2017