Legislature Convenes Monday, Following State of the State


Soon after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter gives his State of the State address on Monday, Jan. 7, the 2013 Idaho Legislature will get down to business.

But not before Otter outlines some of his administration's priorities for the year, which he hinted, in a preview session with the press corps Jan. 4, would include an attempt at rolling back Idaho's personal property tax "without doing harm to the local units of government."

In addition, he'll sketch out what he called a "structurally sound" budget recommendation, to be issued to lawmakers and the press that morning. In the days following, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will look at Otter's proposed budget and numbers from last week's economic outlook meeting to set next year's spending.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee will take up education, specifically "workforce issues affecting public school teachers," as listed on its early evening agenda.

The following day, lawmakers will take ethics training from 1:30-5 p.m., following the 2012 Legislature's ongoing battle with ethics.

Without going into details Jan. 4, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, an Oakley Republican, mentioned plans for a rule to create a formal, standing ethics committee.