Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said, since she didn't get an opportunity to ask any questions on the new Luna bills, she wants to make sure that when the committee takes them up, more information is available on the impacts of the bills on property taxes; whether the bills are constitutional, both as they affect property taxes and as they allow differences between districts in class sizes; and whether the new plan would require districts “to lay off experienced teachers just because they're more expensive.” Said LeFavour, “I would like some more detail next time.” Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, told LeFavour he thought state schools Supt. Tom Luna would be happy to answer LeFavour's questions before the next hearing.
The Senate Education Committee has now moved on to having Luna aide Jason Hancock go through the old Luna bills, SB 1068 and 1069. Goedde said Hancock will point out where provisions change with the new versions. Hancock is starting with SB 1069. Said Goedde, “It's the only bill that we have that the public has, so I'm suggesting that we use this old bill so that they can follow along with the language.” When the new bills come to the committee after printing, he said, the committee can switch over to the new ones.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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