The Senate was on the floor until nearly 6:30 tonight, and worked through 31 pieces of legislation today. The reason: They’re pushing to try to meet the goal of a March 29 adjournment sine die. “It is doable,” said Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis. He told the Senate tonight that tomorrow, HB 248, the state health insurance exchange bill, will be moved up on the calendar at the end of the day, so it can be taken up on Thursday. Also, the Senate is shooting for going into the 14thOrder, its amending order, to amend a series of education bills late tomorrow afternoon, including two controversial charter school bills. Then, on Friday, the Senate likely would suspend rules to take up and act on some of the amended bills.
Tomorrow morning, the House and Senate State Affairs Committees will hold a joint meeting in the Lincoln Auditorium, starting at 8 a.m., to hear a presentation on the question of amending the Idaho Human Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Also, JFAC will meet at 8 a.m. to consider “trailer” appropriation bills.