The Legislature has a rather light agenda today, compared to most recent days; the House is convening at 8 a.m., holding all its committee meetings right afterward, and has nothing scheduled in the afternoon. The Senate has just one afternoon committee meeting scheduled, in its transportation committee. The reason: 81 percent of Idaho lawmakers are Republicans, and the party has its presidential nominating caucuses tonight in each of the state's 44 counties. Many legislators are heading home this afternoon to make the caucuses, then driving back late at night or early in the morning for tomorrow's legislative sessions.
JFAC is setting budgets this morning for the DFM, the legislative branch, Parks & Rec and the Department of Agriculture. The House Health & Welfare Committee will meet on adjournment of the House's 8 a.m. session, to take back up the bill to ban tanning bed use by minors, along with two other measures.
Also today, the state Land Board has scheduled a special meeting for 3 p.m. to discuss three pieces of legislation: HB 477, from Rep. Bob Schaefer on cottage site leases; HB 495, which passed the House yesterday and would limit the state endowment's business investments; and HB 612, another measure from Schaefer that seeks to restrict the endowment from purchasing buildings.