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

Post RegisterMarch 16, 2014 

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Parole and probation: The House voted unanimously Tuesday for a justice reinvestment bill, which aims to spend $33 million in the next five years to improve the criminal justice system, strengthen parole supervision and reduce recidivism.

Guns on college campuses: Gov. Butch Otter signed into law Wednesday a controversial measure allowing retired law enforcement officers and concealed-carry permit holders over the age of 21 to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses. Carrying concealed weapons would not be allowed in some areas, such as dormitories and large stadiums.

County wrongdoers: The House State Affairs Committee unanimously supported a bill Wednesday to allow the Attorney General's Office, instead of county prosecutors, to investigate county officials accused of wrongdoing. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, also unanimously passed the Senate.

Raises for top elected officials: The Senate passed a bill Thursday to give raises to statewide elected officials over the next four years. It allows for a 2.5 percent increase for the governor, secretary of state, treasurer, controller and superintendent of public instruction each year. The attorney general and lieutenant governor would get a 16 percent raise and a 19.6 percent raise next year, respectively.

Behavioral health centers: The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee trimmed proposed funding Thursday for behavioral health crisis centers in Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Boise, funding the equivalent of just one. The committee passed on a 16-3 vote an appropriation of $600,000 to help establish the centers and another $1.52 million for ongoing funding. Officials had asked for $5.1 million.

Idaho Education Network money: JFAC voted 19-1 Thursday to appropriate $4.8 million to support the Idaho Education Network. That's less than the $7.3 million state officials has asked for to offset lost federal funds.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK

Adjournment: Legislative leaders say they hope to finish all remaining business and adjourn for the session March 21.

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