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Lawmakers to draft broadband bill; change ‘commission’ to ‘committee’

The Legislature’s broadband access committee is back in session this afternoon, and has taken another unanimous vote, this time to change the word “commission” to “committee.” Members balked at a proposal to call the new group that would oversee school broadband aid an “advisory committee,” saying it’ll go beyond advice, setting standards and more.

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said he wants the panel’s work to be more than just a report of recommendations, and wants a bill drafted for the panel to consider, so Idaho’s laws about school broadband can be updated during the upcoming legislative session. Other members agreed, and Co-Chair Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, said he’ll work with committee members and legislative bill drafters to get the measure drafted and distributed to the committee for review by the first week or so of the legislative session.

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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