LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
State-based health insurance exchange: The Senate listened to more than three hours of debate before favoring the measure, which heads to Gov. Butch Otter's desk for signing into law.
Discrimination: The Senate and House State Affairs committees heard presentations on amending the Idaho Human Rights Act to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation won't be heard this session, but Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, who organized the presentation, said she's hopeful the measure will come before the 2014 Legislature.
Federal lands: The House approved a set of resolutions demanding the federal government cede title to public lands to the state and establish an interim committee to study state management and control of U.S. government lands. Proponents contend the move would create more money for the state's school trust fund and provide more direct management by Idahoans. The House's 13 Democrats voted against the bill.
Tax on business equipment: The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee sent to the full Senate a measure that would repeal the majority of the state's personal property tax on business property. The House approved the measure early in the week. Under the legislation, the first $100,000 of personal property owned by businesses would be exempt.
Personal property tax: The Senate is expected to vote on the repeal of the majority of the state's personal property tax. That will be the final vote before it's sent to the governor's desk for approval.
Adjournment: Legislative leaders hope to wrap up their work by Friday.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"I've been a black woman all my life. I don't want it to take as long as it did for us to get it to the next (stage). If one isn't free, none of us are free. I really own that, and I really believe that."
- Cherie Buckner-Webb, on legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Idaho.