Monday, March 17, marks the 71st day of the 2014 Idaho Legislature. And if legislative leadership has its way, this year's session is on target to sine die by the end of the week.
More than three dozen bills—nearly all of them appropriations measures from the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee—remain on the Idaho House docket, while approximately 40 bills remain on the Senate agenda. A handful of other bills are still before committees, but most of the House and Senate committees have gone dark.
The Idaho Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. Monday and the House gavels in at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, the ACLU of Idaho wants the Legislature to know that they're packing their boxes too soon. Advocates are hoping that hundreds will appear outside of the Idaho Capitol Monday evening to "wrap the capitol." The effort comes in the wake of several high-profile Add the Words demonstrations at the Statehouse, resulting in numerous arrests. The protesters have tried, time and again, to call attention to the Legislature's refusal to hold a public hearing on a proposal to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act.
"Idaho lawmakers still have work to do—like listening to the thousands of Idahoans who have demonstrated, called, and written letters asking them to amend Idaho's Human Rights Act," wrote the ACLU of Idaho in what it calls "one final push to Add the Words."