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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.

Idaho Legislators take first look at funding formula

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New funding formula proposal ‘designed to give you an idea of what your decisions cost’

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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 and land surveyors. Changes are expected from this committee that will help ensure Idaho continues with;

  • 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 one fourth of our active duty Military and their spouses report that the portability of their licenses is the greatest challenge to their employment.” The legislature’s commitment in forming an Occupational Licensing subcommittee, then Interim Committee to study reducing barriers to high wage jobs along with Governor Little’s Licensing Freedom Act was recognized nationally. In October the committee was selected to participate in a multi-year working consortium supported by the National Conference of State Legislators, Council of State Governments and the National Governors Association.

Chairman Dixon said, “The House Business Committee is committed to reduce the amount of red tape to get to work, and acknowledge there is much more work to be done to remove barriers to ensure growth of high wage in Idaho.”

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 reports, but acknowledged that the courts must maintain protection of private information for its citizens. Chief Justice Burdick highlighted his address by focusing on the major growth that Idaho has seen.

“We must take a conservative approach” to appointing new judges and justices said Justice Burdick. He concluded his address by stressing the importance of public safety, especially for communities experiencing increased growth, acknowledging the key is collaboration with local law enforcement.

Paul Amador
Neil Anderson
Robert Anderst
Vito Barbieri
Scott Bedke
Maxine Bell
Megan Blanksma
Judy Boyle
Van Burtenshaw
Greg Chaney
Don Cheatham
Lance Clow
Gary Collins
Brent Crane
Thomas Dayley
Gayann DeMordaunt
Sage Dixon
Barbara Ehardt
Terry Gestrin
Marcus Gibbs
Karey Hanks
Stephen Hartgen
James Holtzclaw
Wendy Horman
Clark Kauffman
Ryan Kerby

Mike Kingsley
Thomas Loertscher
Luke Malek
Pat McDonald
Ron Mendive
Steven Miller
Jason Monks
Dorothy Moon
Mike Moyle
Ronald Nate
Kelley Packer
Joe Palmer
Dell Raybould
Eric Redman
Heather Scott
Paul Shepherd
Thyra Stevenson
Scott Syme
Jeff Thompson
Caroline Troy
John Vander Woude
Julie VanOrden
Fred Wood
Rick Youngblood
Christy Zito
Bryan Zollinger

*All Star recipients represent the 2018 Legislative Session

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