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Senate Education makeover

The Senate Education Committee will look a lot different when the 2015 Legislature convenes — with a new chairperson and at least two other new members.

And the committee’s vice chairman, Idaho Falls Republican Dean Mortimer, says he is interested in succeeding Chairman John Goedde, one of six incumbent lawmakers to lose in the May 20 GOP primary.

“(It’s) not a job for the lighthearted,” Mortimer said of the chairperson’s spot. “(But) I think there’s an opportunity to make a significant difference in the educational community.”

Committee chairs drive much of the agenda at the Statehouse. They have almost unfettered authority to decide which bills get a hearing — and which bills get scuttled. Goedde was one of the Legislature’s most high-profile committee chairs. More here. Kevin Richert, IdahoEd News

Are you hopeful that the new members will be a postive change? (Also, what would be "a job for the lighthearted").


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.