Roadmap leads to next week, with early break for Easter in Idaho Senate

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis opened Thursday’s floor session with his customary “roadmap,” which is considerably more complex following Wednesday’s 18-17 Senate vote to kill the K-12 schools budget.

“Let’s try to smile through the day,” said Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who had been among the Legislature’s top leaders hoping to adjourn for the year on Friday.

Davis said he  conferred with Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill and decided to recess the Senate no later than 11 a.m. on Good Friday to allow lawmakers ample time to get home. “It is Easter and the pro tem has asked me to be sensitive to that,” Davis said.

Resolving differences over the schools budget will require the Senate Education Committee to meet. Shortly before noon, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde said the joint House and Senate Education committees will meet Monday at 8 a.m.

“The work of that committee is essential to be completed before the (budget-writing Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee) can go back to work,” Davis said.

The Senate will debate legislation this morning until noon, reconvene at 2:30 p.m. and work until about 5 p.m. Davis said.

The Senate will reconvene Friday at 9:30 a.m. The House began work at 10 a.m. today and hasn’t yet laid out Friday’s schedule. As the House passed the $1.3 billion K-12 budget 52-16, the roadblock is in the Senate.

 

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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