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Two legislative committees meeting at Capitol this morning; listen live

Two joint legislative committees are meeting at the Capitol this morning, the Public Defense Reform Interim Committee, which is meeting at 9:30 in Room WW55; and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, which is meeting at 9:30 in the Lincoln Auditorium. You can listen live here.

The public defense panel will hear an update from Idaho counties on public defense reform, then discuss draft legislation, in a discussion scheduled to run until noon. JLOC will release a new legislative performance audit report on distribution of state general fund money to public health districts; then hear updates or follow-ups on previous reports on state employee compensation and turnover; strengthening contract management; the failed Schoolnet instructional management system; and ISEE.

Even as the public defense panel meets today, 4th District Judge Samuel Hoagland is scheduled to hear oral arguments this afternoon at 3 p.m. on the state’s motion to dismiss in Tucker vs. Idaho, the ongoing lawsuit against the state challenging the current public defender system as unconstitutional.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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