The House and Senate have now convened, in advance of Gov. Butch Otter's annual “State of the State” and budget message to a joint session of the Legislature, which will occur in the House chambers. The governor's speech, laying out his agenda for the legislative session that starts today, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Mountain time (noon Pacific). Here, senators file into the House chamber for the joint session.
I will be attempting to llive-blog the speech, but there are serious problems with the public WiFi system in the Statehouse today that may make that effort more difficult; I'll play it by ear. A note on the time stamps on these blog posts: They are in Pacific time, where my newspaper's servers are located. So, despite what the time stamps show, these items will not be posted an hour before they happen; the time just shows an hour earlier than the local Mountain time in Boise. You can watch the speech live here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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