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House Ed chair says panel won't meet today or Monday; senators peruse proposed bill...

Sens. Dean Mortimer, Steven Thayn and John Goedde huddle in the Senate on Friday morning to look at proposed new legislation aimed at helping end an impasse over the Senate-defeated public schools budget (Betsy Russell)
Sens. Dean Mortimer, Steven Thayn and John Goedde huddle in the Senate on Friday morning to look at proposed new legislation aimed at helping end an impasse over the Senate-defeated public schools budget (Betsy Russell)

When the House got to its committee meeting announcements before its adjournment earlier this morning, Chief Clerk Bonnie Alexander said, “The only one that I have is for Education Committee, will meet subject to the call of the chair.” But House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, told Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert after that announcement that his committee won’t be meeting today – or Monday. DeMordaunt suggested any legislation to settle the impasse over the public schools budget may have to start in the Senate, where the House-passed budget was defeated this week. You can read Richert’s full post here.

Across the rotunda, Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, one of the leading opponents, came directly from a meeting with state schools Superintendent Tom Luna to the morning Senate session, clutching a copy of a draft bill. “It is a vast improvement over the intent language,” Thayn said. He huddled on the floor with Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Vice Chairman Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, before the Senate convened, looking over the proposal.




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