On Thursday, January 17, the Joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees was held in a packed, Lincoln Auditorium.
The Joint Committees met for the first time since the session to discuss the new proposed funding formula that focuses on enrollment with measurements based on a number of elements including the size of the school, to determine how much money each school and district would receive per year.
The new formula has been in the works for more than three years and the interim committee just recently made an official recommendation that the State move in this new direction.
Speaker Scott Bedke addressed the Joint Committee to demonstrate how the formula would work in particular districts. He also acknowledged Governor Little’s request for increased funding for educational programs and teacher salaries, saying the new funding formula will allow school districts and state leaders to get right to the problem and determine the best use of funds.
If this new funding formula is passed by Legislators, it would not go into effect until the fall of 2020.
New funding formula proposal ‘designed to give you an idea of what your decisions cost’
Click on the link to read the article from the Idaho Press on the Joint Education Committee meeting.
You should expect some good work coming from the House Business Committee. Chairman Sage Dixon and Vice Chairman Gayann DeMordaunt are taking the lead in enacting change following the Licensing Freedom Act.
Last year, then Lt. Governor Little signed an executive order requiring all occupational licensing requirements to be reviewed.
On Tuesday, the House Business Committee heard from those directly affected by licensing regulations including CPAs, morticians
- limited government interference
- decrease in regulations
- lowering of licensing fees
- easier employment options
- license renewal
Vice Chair DeMordaunt said, “We need to reduce obstacles to high wage job growth and opportunity.”
Chairman Dixon say past Chairman Vito Barbieri was instrumental in affecting this change, including establishing the Interim Committee and deserves credit for his hard work and dedication. Vice Chairman DeMordaunt played a critical role as co-chair of the Occupational Licensing and Certification Laws Interim Committee that ultimately will bring forth legislation this session that will eliminate regulatory burdens making it easier for people to be licensed or re-licensed in Idaho.
The interim Committee explored ways to reduce occupational licensing requirements on a scheduled review, looking at Sunset review laws in other states as well as Licensure portability for Military and military spouses. DeMordaunt explained, “Nearly
Chairman Dixon said, “The House Business Committee is committed to
On Wednesday, January 16, the House of Representatives was pleased to invite Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick into the Chambers for the State of the Judiciary address.
Chief Justice Burdick emphasized the importance of working with local county commissioners and clerks to better understand how the statewide judiciary program can best assist in communities.
He stressed the importance of transparency in the financial
“We must take a conservative approach” to
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