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

Post RegisterFebruary 16, 2014 

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Dental care: The House voted 62-6 Tuesday for a bill to restore non-emergency adult dental coverage for poor and disabled people on Medicaid, a program eliminated in 2011 due to budget cuts. That bill now heads to the Senate.

Freeway speed limits: The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously agreed to send to the Senate floor a bill recommending speed limits of up to 80 mph on some Idaho highways. It's sponsored by Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

Guns on campus: The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 to approve a bill allowing guns on Idaho's college campuses. Some people who had signed up to testify, including Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson, argued afterward they were not given adequate time to oppose the measure. The bill heads to the Senate floor.

Spying on dairies: The Senate voted 23-10 in favor of a bill that would criminalize taking or distributing video of agricultural operations without permission. The so-called "ag gag" bill was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee after a nearly three-hour hearing. It heads to the House.

State budget: More than 40 people testified Friday at a public hearing on the 2015 budget. The Joint Appropriations-Finance Committee heard testimony from residents asking for increased funding for the state's education, health care and criminal justice systems.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK

Budgets: Lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will hear the final supplemental budget requests for the current fiscal year and begin to set the 2015 state budget.

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