What happened last week, what's scheduled for this week in the Idaho Legislature

Idaho Falls Post RegisterJanuary 26, 2014 

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LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

Common Core: A joint session of the House and Senate education committees heard more than two hours of testimony Wednesday. The amount of control retained by local school districts under the standards was a prevalent theme.

Judicial reform: Idaho’s district judges are advocating for judicial reform and increased funding for the criminal justice system. Seventh District Judge Jon Shindurling said the courts are looking to expand Bonneville County’s Wood Court, a project that helps people with drug additions and mental health issues find treatment and employment opportunities.

Public education: State schools Superintendent Tom Luna pitched a 5.1 percent increase in public education spending next year to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Luna’s proposed $66.9 million increase is more than the 2.9 percent $37 million increase Otter recommended in his executive budget.

Same-sex marriage tax status: The House voted 57-12 Thursday to affirm that same-sex couples legally married in other states cannot file joint income tax returns in Idaho. Those couples will have to complete their tax forms separately in Idaho. Federal law allows the couples to file jointly.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK

Education reform: The House and Senate Education committees will hold a joint listening session at 3 p.m. Monday at the Idaho State Capitol. The session will gather public comment on the Governor’s Task Force for Improving Education recommendations. Comments of up to three minutes will be taken. They can also be submitted via email to hedu@house.idaho.gov.

F&G, parks: The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will continue hearing budget proposals from state agencies, including Fish and Game, Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Lands.

For the complete agenda, go to legislature. idaho.gov/sessioninfo/agenda.htm

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