LAST WEEKS HIGHLIGHTS
Guns: The Senate voted 25-10 Tuesday in favor of legislation that would allow firearms on Idaho public college campuses. The measure allows residents with enhanced concealed-carry permits or retired law enforcement officers to carry guns on campuses. All of Idahos public college presidents, the State Board of Education and some members of law enforcement oppose the bill, which now heads to the House.
Religious freedom: Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, pulled controversial legislation from the House Wednesday aimed at protecting those who cite religion as a reason to deny service to some individuals, including gays or lesbians. Its not coming back this session, said House Speaker Scott Bedke.
Adds the words: 32 gay rights activists were arrested Thursday and jailed after refusing to stop a blockade in the Capitol. The demonstration was aimed at pressuring lawmakers to back anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians and transgender Idahoans.
Ag gag: The House Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 13-1 for a bill to criminalize taking video or photos of an agricultural operation without the owners permission. It now goes to the full House; the Senate already has supported the measure.
Tax breaks: Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer backed a bill Friday to provide tax reimbursement incentives for new or expanding businesses. It would provide a tax credit of up to 30 percent for up to 15 years on new corporate income tax, sales tax and payroll taxes for new projects adding jobs at specified pay levels.. The legislation is modeled after similar proposals in place in Utah.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
Budgets: Members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will continue to set 2015 budgets for state agencies.
Christina Lords, Post Register
For the complete agenda, go to legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/agenda.htm