Capitol & State

House, Senate reorganize, announce committee posts

Gov. Butch Otter delivering his State of the State address to open the 2016 legislative session last January.
Gov. Butch Otter delivering his State of the State address to open the 2016 legislative session last January. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Idaho Legislature completed its committee assignments and chairmanship appointments Thursday. Below are committees with new leadership. Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review has a full listing of committee appointments for the House and Senate.

Joint Committees

Finance-Appropriations: Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint and Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, remain as chairs, but half the committee is new — seven senators and three representatives.

House of Representatives

Agricultural Affairs: Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, is the new chair. She succeeds Ken Andrus, who retired.

Education: Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, is the new chair. She succeeds Reed DeMordaunt, who did not seek re-election.

Environment, Energy, and Technology: Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, is the new chair, replacing Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, who will be vice-chair.

Judiciary, Rules & Administration: Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, is the new chair. He succeeds Rich Wills, who lost his re-election bid.

Local Government: New chair Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, replaces Lynn Luker, who has a new chairmanship.

Resources & Conservation: New chair Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, replaces Rep. Dell Raybould, who has a new chairmanship.

Ways & Means: New chair Rep. Robert Anderst, R-Nampa, replaces Rep. Christy Perry, who has a new chairmanship.

Senate

Local Government and Taxation: New chair is Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston. He replaces Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, who has a new chairmanship.

State Affairs: Siddoway is the new chair. He replaces Curt McKenzie, who did not seel re-election and lost a bid for Supreme Court.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @IDSBillD

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