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Which lawmakers will spend summer studying K-12 — and other issues?

On Thursday morning, legislative leaders will hand out some homework assignments for the summer.

They will appoint members to eight task forces and “interim committees” that will spend the summer taking a deeper dive into some complicated issues.

Two of the interim committees are of particular interest to public education.

  • One will focus on K-12 issues — including, but not exclusively, the labor bills that were pushed this winter by the Idaho School Boards Association and put back into state law, on a one-year basis. But this interim committee has a broad focus — it can look at all issues pertaining to K-12 education. (Here’s an earlier blog post handicapping potential interim committee members.)
  • The second interim committee will look at federal management of public lands — and whether Idaho should demand a transfer of these lands to state jurisdiction. Supporters of the transfer, which has generally enjoyed party-line support in the Statehouse, believe a transfer would generate more money for the state’s endowments, including the public schools endowment.

The state’s Legislative Council will make the committee assignments during a daylong meeting at the Statehouse Thursday. The group’s meeting will begin at 8 a.m., in room WW17 of the Statehouse.

Here’s a look at the council’s full agenda, which also includes a recap on the new law to partially repeal the “personal property tax” on business supplies, equipment and furnishings.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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