Davis: Deal in works; Idaho Legislature aims for Thursday adjournment

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.

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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