LAST WEEKS 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: Idahos 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 Countys 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. Lunas 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 Governors Task Force for Improving Education recommendations. Comments of up to three minutes will be taken. They can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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