Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, told the Senate Tuesday that the impasse over intent language that prompted the defeat of the $1.3 billion K-12 schools budget last week appears to have been resolved, paving the way for Thursday adjournment.
GOP leaders met into the evening Monday, Davis said, and Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, and House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Star, plan to hold a joint hearing on new legislation at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Lincoln Auditorium.
Anticipating Senate committee approval, Davis said the Senate will suspend rules and take up the new legislation mid-morning Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, the budget committee will meet to revise the bill that failed last week, 18-17. That would clear the way for the Senate to consider the K-12 budget and the policy language from the education committees Thursday, Davis said.
House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, told him that Thursday adjournment looks likely.
Legislative leaders had hoped to adjourn last Friday.