Idaho's state Capitol is now open for business. It reopened Saturday after a two-and-half-year closure for restoration and expansion. The state Legislature opens its session in the Capitol on Monday.
House Speaker Lawerence Denney presents an honor guard with the flag that will fly above the chamber, signifying that the Legislature is in session for 2010.
Senators file into the Idaho House chamber for a joint session, for the governor's State of the State address.
Gov. Butch Otter enters the House chamber for his State of the State message.
Gov. Butch Otter addresses a joint session of the Idaho legislature.
Lawmakers applaud at the end of Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature.
Gov. Butch Otter fields questions from reporters in his office after his State of the State address to lawmakers.
Gov. Butch Otter acknowledges business leaders in the balcony during his State of the State message to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature on Monday.
The first meeting of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday drew a full house; the panel writes the state budget.
Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, addresses the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning.
Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee
House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, speaks at the House and Senate Democrats' response to Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State message and budget proposal.
Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, reports to the Legislative Council on the work of the interim committee on Energy, Environment & Technology. Each of the Legislature's interim committees and task forces reported Tuesday on its work since last year's session.
Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor, in the Idaho state capitol on Monday
Legislative budget analyst Keith Bybee reports to legislative budget writers on furlough hours taken so far by state employees due to budget cuts.
State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna speaks to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees on the state's application for federal "Race to the Top" stimulus grants for schools. The meeting took place in the new large auditorium in the underground wings of the Statehouse.
The Legislature's Health Care Task Force debates a resolution opposing congressional health care reform legislation in strong terms. The resolution passed the task force on a 7-5 vote.
Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna discusses school funding with reporters on Wednesday
Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, speaks out during a Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday morning.
Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, proposes legislation to the House State Affairs Committee to end Idaho's optional tax-return checkoff of $1 for the political party of a taxpayer's choice.
Wayne Hammon, acting state human resources director, presents legislation to a Senate committee to double the amount of leave time state employees can donate to another state employee.
Idaho transportation officials including Chief Engineer Tom Cole and Deputy Director Scott Stokes make a presentation to a joint meeting of the House and Senate transportation committees.
House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, is worried about a proposal to have cash-strapped school districts borrow against their budgets for next year to make it through this year.
State Parks Director Nancy Merrill addresses a subcommittee of the House Resources Committee. Gov. Butch Otter has proposed a "conceptual" plan to eliminate the parks department.