The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow – without any announcement of a committee meeting today to print a new bill aimed at resolving the impasse over the Senate-rejected public school budget. But immediately after adjournment, Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, said, “We’re going to see the speaker.” He, Education Vice Chairman Dean Mortimer, Senate GOP Caucus Chair Russ Fulcher, Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill all headed across the rotunda.
Goedde said he thinks there’s a possible agreement, which would involve introducing a new bill and having it come up for a hearing in his committee “no later than Wednesday morning.” The new measure could be printed tomorrow morning, Goedde said. He said “maybe a dozen or so” senators have been involved in talks aimed at ending the impasse.
Hill said, “I’ve got to give ‘em credit – People did not relax as much as they could have this weekend.” He said, “They were talking, they were thinking, they were communicating and trying to come up with some solutions.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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