Here's a link to my full story in today's Spokesman-Review on how lawmakers rushed a bill through in the final days of the legislative session to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party for its attorney fees in its successful lawsuit to overturn Idaho's open primary election system; that bill now awaits action by Gov. Butch Otter.
Meanwhile, Otter is scheduled to sign SB 1184, the third major school-reform bill that shifts resources from teacher salaries to technology boosts, online learning and and a teacher merit-pay plan, at 10:30 this morning, joined by state schools Supt. Tom Luna and legislative sponsors.
And a group called “Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform” has announced it'll launch a referendum drive to overturn 1184 an hour later; you can read their announcement here. Also, House Democrats will hold a press conference after the governor's bill-signing to discuss this year's legislative session.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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