Gov. Butch Otter vetoes two bills on Monday
Gov. Butch Otter vetoes two bills on Monday
The Idaho Senate debates appropriation bills on Monday as senators prepare for debate later in the day on transportation funding.
Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, consults with Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman Curtis McKenzie, R-Nampa, on Monday. Davis said Senate Republicans plan to caucus on Monday afternoon before taking up transportation funding.
Sen. Joe Stegner helps Sen. John Andreason, right, to a celebratory piece of birthday cake. At left is Senate doorkeeper Bob McDonald. Both McDonald and Andreason celebrated their 80th birthdays this week.
Gov. Butch Otter vetoed legislation last month to get lawmakers to act on his transportation funding initiative, which was stalled for months.
Sens. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, and Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, participate in an open Senate Minority Caucus on Monday afternoon, while the Senate's majority caucus met behind closed doors.
Senate Transportation Chairman John McGee pitches a gas tax increase to the Senate on Monday.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, presides over the Senate's amending order on Monday, in which a divided Senate agreed to tack a gas tax increase onto HB 96, the bill to eliminate the gas tax exemption for ethanol. The Senate, by a wider margin, also agreed to incorporate into the bill increases in DMV fees that previously were in a separate Senate bill.
Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, urges support in the Senate on Monday for an increase in Idaho's gas tax to fund more road maintenance. "My constituents want good roads, they want to be able to travel," he said. "This takes money."
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee goes back to work Tuesday morning, on the 100th day of the legislative session, after the House killed a major budget bill that had passed the Senate, and the governor vetoed eight budget bills that now must be redone.
Legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith addresses JFAC on Tuesday. At right is Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls.
Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee members, including Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, take up final budget bills on Tuesday morning.
Rep. Maxine Bell presides over JFAC on Tuesday morning. At right are Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, and Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls.
On the House floor just before convening, lawmakers read newspapers with headlines asking whether they'll yield to Gov. Butch Otter's veto threats.
Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, opens debate in the House on the amended transportation funding bill on Tuesday.
Press, lobbyists, lawmakers and other interested people wait for House GOP leadership to show up for a press conference; the leaders were tied up in a meeting with the governor on Tuesday afternoon.
House GOP leaders Rep. Ken Roberts, Speaker Lawerence Denney, Rep. Scott Bedke and Rep. Mike Moyle speak at a press conference after meeting with Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday, not long after the House killed the governor's transportation bill.
House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, left, and Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, wrap up a press conference on their impasse with the governor over transportation.
Gov. Butch Otter vetoes a stack of 25 budget bills on Tuesday.
"I don't know what else I can possibly do," Gov. Butch Otter said after he vetoed 25 budget bills, to try to get lawmakers to pass his transportation plan.
Gov. Butch Otter joins lawmakers in applause after he signed aquifer management legislation on Thursday morning.
House Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, answers questions from reporters after a closed-door GOP caucus on Thursday, talking about a tentative deal on transportation funding.
House GOP leaders talk to members of their caucus as a closed-door caucus breaks up Thursday on a possible transportation funding deal with the governor. From left are House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star; Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnell; and House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale.
Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, right, presents a transportation funding proposal to other members of the House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday afternoon.
When the House convened on Friday morning, only 44 members were present out of 70. The House addressed formalities, but took up no bills; it adjourned 15 minutes later.
Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, speaks at a ceremony for legislation to help disabled police officers; he sponsored the bill, SB 1111. At left is Gov. Butch Otter.
Gov. Butch Otter answers questions from reporters after a bill-signing ceremony on Friday. Otter threw cold water on an idea being promoted by House GOP leaders as an alternative to a gas-tax hike - instead imposing a conditional, economically-triggered shift from the state's general fund to pay for road work.