This week we encourage IAC members to reach out to your Senators to express support for House Bill 735, the public defense spending bill and to keep an eye on the appropriation bills to determine whether or not the legislature will adjourn soon.
House Bill 735, sponsored by Representatives Jon Weber (District 34, Madison) and Mike Moyle (District 14, Ada) passed the House floor (63-1-6) last Tuesday, March 8th. It is now in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee. This is an IAC Priority for the 2022 Legislative Session. We need IAC membership’s help to see this bill through to passage. Please reach out to your Senators this week to express your support for House Bill 735.
JFAC is nearly finished setting budgets, so the Reading Calendars for the House and Senate are both filling up with appropriation bills. This signals that the Legislative Session is about two weeks out from adjourning sine die.
If budgets are voted down in the House or Senate, then that means those budgets will have to be redone which can delay the completion of the Legislative Session. For example, the House voted down the Commerce Department budget on Friday morning due to disagreements on different issues with the budget including concerns expressed by members of the Idaho Broadband Advisory Committee that $100 Million that is supposed to be for Broadband Funding was not specifically earmarked for that use. JFAC will now work with LSO to rework the Commerce Department budget to something the House would consider more palatable.
Keep an eye on the House and Senate floors as they debate these bills to get an idea of when the legislature will adjourn sine die.