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[post_thumbnail] Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, voted against a measure involving the authority of parenting coordinators in child custody cases. The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee on a 5-4 vote Wednesday approved a measure that would give courts the authority, in the words of the legislation, to “award attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party on a motion to set…

Education spending in Idaho consumes more than 40 percent of the total state budget. The recommendations forwarded by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) to the House and Senate are seldom changed so what comes out of that committee is generally regarded as the K-12 education budget for the coming fiscal year. JFAC this week approved a $1.6 billion budget, but…

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[post_thumbnail] Sen. John Goedde proposed legislation in the Senate Education Committee to add criteria for teens to enroll in driver's training classes. “The goal here is to add three simple words to state statute,” said Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene. The words were “satisfactory academic progress.” And Goedde, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, sought to add those words to…

A House resolution urging that cursive writing be taught in Idaho schools that passed in the House of Representatives was approved Monday by a Senate committee. Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, presented House Concurrent Resolution 3 to the Senate Education Committee. Bateman, a retired educator, is a fan of cursive writing, telling the committee that “we had a cursive standard…

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[post_thumbnail] Bill Deal, Idaho Department of Insurance, testifies Monday in front of the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee. As the Idaho Legislature debates the creation of a state-based health insurance exchange, the director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, when pushed by members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) to estimate the cost to the state, said he believes it will…

Transparency took center stage Wednesday with the Idaho Senate Education Committee approving legislation to require local school districts to publish their budgets online. “I know there were fights about this in previous years,” noted Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise. “But I’m not sure why we would not want people in our districts to know how their money is being spent,” he…

A state legislative committee unanimously has approved extra Medicaid funding for fiscal year 2013, amid assurances that Medicaid eligibility and costs are not expanding. “We’re not expanding Medicaid eligibility,” Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, told IdahoReporter.com. “At least we aren’t yet. The choice to expand it will have to be a decision for the full Legislature to make.” The committee also…

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[post_thumbnail] Sen. Dean Mortimer, right, listens to testimony in JFAC. “I feel very uncomfortable approving funds for something for which we don’t have rules, something that has not even been vetted in our committee,” said Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls. Speaking at Thursday’s Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee (JFAC) meeting, Mortimer objected to a proposed increase in state Medicaid funding for fiscal…