The Legislative Council voted unanimously Friday morning to archive the digital records of the 2013 Legislature, reports Betsy Russell in her Eye on Boise blog.
The Council, which governs joint decisions of the House and Senate, made the move after the Idaho Freedom Foundation began archiving House and Senate floor sessions in January.
In the past, recordings were preserved for two weeks, then recorded over by the folks at Idaho Public Television, who maintain the live-streaming service covering committee meetings and floor sessions.
Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, ended his resistance to archiving. A lawyer, Davis has argued that the official journals of the House and Senate and committee minutes should guide for courts on legislative intent. He was concerned that digital records could confuse the legal process.
But, Russell reported, Davis is working on changes in statutes and rules to advise the courts. “I just wanted the council to see that the person who is the stick-in-the-mud on this can see a way to pull the stick out of the mud and feel modestly peaceful about it,” Davis said.