Lawmakers Hit the Bricks


Moving day at the Idaho Legislature is a mixed bag of emotions - some emotion, some frustration and plenty or relief.

When the Idaho Senate adjourned Thursday at 7 p.m. (four hours after the House gaveled for the final time), it closed a session that included tax breaks for Idaho's wealthiest individuals and corporations, some restoration of public school teachers' salaries, a couple of anti-Occupy bills, and a package of new rules to govern the state's burgeoning oil and gas industry.

But the Legislature also had some significant shortfalls - refusal to hold a hearing on the Add the Words measure, yet another House stall on an anti-bullying bill, and despite pleas from the Legislature's only physicians, a refusal to restrict indoor tanning for minors in an attempt to rein in some of the highest levels of melanoma in the nation.

Ultimately, the final day of business also included more than a few farewells. Nearly 40 legislators said goodbye, choosing to step away from the Statehouse after this session. Several of their colleagues may join them once all the dust has settled in the May primary and November general election.