The Legislative Council has voted unanimously to preserve the audio and video records of the proccedings of this year's legislative session, at least for now; it'll decide on a permanent basis in its spring meeting after the session adjourns. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said he's been concerned about keeping the official journals of the House and Senate the permanent recoreds of proceedings as directed by the Constitution, but he's proposing changes in statutes and rules to so advise the courts. “I just wanted the council to see that the person who is the stick-in-the-mud on this can see a way to pull the stick out of the mud and feel modestly peaceful about it,” Davis said.
The possible modifications to rules and statutes will be considered by the various caucus and legislative leadership teams, with an eye to enactment before the end of this year's session. Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill and House Speaker Scott Bedke said they've already authorized retaining this year's audio and video records for now, rather than deleting them after two weeks as had previously been the policy; this morning's Legislative Council vote ratifies that decision.
The Legislative Council met this morning starting at 6:30 a.m.; it had been scheduled to meet last Thursday afternoon, but that meeting had to be canceled after the Senate's debate on the governor's health insurance exchange legislation ran all day and into the afternoon meeting time.