The Senate has finished its reshuffling of committee assignments now that Sen. Russ Fulcher is in leadership (majority caucus chair), and Fulcher’s former seat on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has gone to Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton. Siddoway’s former seat on the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee went to Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake. Meanwhile, Fulcher joined Senate State Affairs; new Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, who moved over from the House, is joining the Senate Resources and Health & Welfare committees along with his JFAC seat; Jorgenson is joining the Commerce & Human Resources Committee; and new Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, replaces Siddoway as vice chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Also, new Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, another former House member, replaces Fulcher as vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee. There were no changes on Transportation or Judiciary & Rules.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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