Can Good Friday get better? Idaho lawmakers aim to adjourn before Easter

The Legislature’s top leaders are pressing to adjourn March 29 — the Friday before Easter — and taking steps to cut off introduction of new legislation.

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, told his committee chairs Thursday to turn off the taps.
“This coming week, we’ll start shutting down introduction of new (bills),” Hill said Friday. “Now, ‘shut down,’ is a harsh term — there will be exceptions — but they should start discouraging people.”

House Speaker Scott Bedke will deliver the same message Monday in his chat with committee chairs, a meeting that will include majority and minority leadership.

“I want to be finished by the end of the month, unless there’s a really good reason not to,” Bedke , R-Oakley, said Friday after the House recessed for the weekend.


For more on this hoppy, er, happy prospect, read my column in Saturday’s Idaho Statesman.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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