2014 Idaho Legislative Session Underway


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Idaho lawmakers are back at work, at the state capitol in Boise.

The legislative session began this week; they will look at a variety of issues this year.

They are back at it once again; lawmakers are busy making budgets and putting proposals together.

The big topics this year - education, health care, and prisons.

"During the downturn, we let a lot of things go like systems, we didn't pay employees we put them on furlough days. Teachers were on furlough days. The big issue is how much we can do, what we can put back into place, and what we move forward with,” said Rep. Maxine Bell.

During the state of the state address, governor otter announced he wants to boost funding for Idaho’s public schools.

"A child is only in the fourth grade one time. Now, we are such into technology and the children in the state of Idaho continues to grow and needs to continue to grow. That will always be issue number one,” said Bell.

Economic growth is also on the table for legislators.

"There are a lot of other issues that are very important to economic growth. You can't expect good business to come into Idaho if the roads aren't adequate along with schools,” said Bell.

A new year, looking forward to new and old issues.

Legislative Sessions typically last three months in the Gem State.

This year it's expected to wrap up early due to the may primary election

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