This is a great week to give “Idaho In Session” a try

As the Legislature picks up a bit and starts holding more public hearings, this is a good time to test out Idaho Public Television’s portal to see and hear what happens at the Statehouse.

It used to be called “Legislature Live,” but with the governor’s office, the Idaho Supreme Court and more live-streamed, it has become “Idaho In Session,” and it’s your one-stop shop for video and audio from your government.

You can check it out here.

This week, you should keep an eye on the auditorium channel. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee plans public hearings on Gov. Butch Otter’s bill to create a state-run health insurance exchange. If the debate brewing up already is any indication, there will be some interesting and perhaps emotional testimony on both sides of this heated issue.

On Wednesday at the same time, the House and Senate resources committees will meet together to hear and the final recommendations from Otter’s commission on nuclear energy.

And at 8 a.m. Friday morning, the joint health and welfare committees will hold a “listening session” on Medicaid and other state health issues, similar to the open education session held last week.

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