Legislative leaders have decided on the interim study committees that will be funded between now and next session; they include four new ones, along with several existing and continuing ones. Here are the new study committees and their authorizing legislation:
HCR 21: Studying how Idaho can acquire title to and take over management of federal lands within the state.
HCR 26: Studying how to reform the state’s public defender system.
HCR 33: Studying how to improve and strengthen Idaho’s K-12 public school system.
SCR 128: Launching a complete study of the Idaho criminal justice system.
Continuing interim committees include the Natural Resources Issues study committee; the Health Care Task Force; and the Energy, Environment & Technology Issues study committee.
One measure that was proposed, but not included for funding due to the number of interim committees proposed: HCR 28, proposing a complete study of Idaho’s alcoholic beverage laws.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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