House backs anti-pot resolution
As some Western states relax medical and recreational marijuana laws, Idaho lawmakers are sending a message against marijuana use in any form.
On a 63-7 vote Wednesday, the House approved a resolution declaring the Legislature's opposition to the legalization of pot. The Senate passed the same resolution in February.
Republican Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene said medical marijuana is a "farcical predatory scheme" that often gives people without medical needs easy access to cannabis.
Senate approves $2 billion budget
Senators voted 24-10 for the budget to care for Idaho's low-income, disabled and elderly population.
Wednesday's vote sends the measure to the House.
The federal government pays most of Medicaid, about $1.3 billion. Idaho taxpayers' share is $477 million.
Senate amends bill for unpaid leave
Senators agreed to modify a proposal aimed at freeing school districts from having to pay teachers under criminal investigation.
The bill originally would have placed educators who are in jail or under criminal court order on unpaid leave.
The idea drew criticism from the Idaho Education Association for punishing teachers before their criminal case is resolved.
But Republican Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d'Alene offered a compromise Tuesday: Have districts put the salary into a reserve account; the teacher would be paid if cleared of wrongdoing.
The Senate voted unanimously for the amendment and will vote later on the entire bill.
The Associated Press