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Grading the Legislative Session

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By KBOI News

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI-TV ) The Idaho legislature has ended the 2013 session... About a week later than expected.

So everyone is wondering, how did they do?

We asked lawmakers to grade their work in the 88–day session.

Senator Dean Cameron, (R) Rupert says, "I'd give it an A for hard working, give it an A for effort. I think the budget is as good as we could have expected given the economy, the sequester and everything else."

Senator Les Bock thinks some good things were accomplished...

Senator Les Bock, (D) Boise explains, "We passed some significant legislation regarding human trafficking and public defender criteria for the state."

But he thinks the legislature probably flunked in education by enacting some of the laws repealed by voters last fall.

So that's a sampling of how some lawmakers thought they did, but we decided to go outside the capitol and ask local residents.

"The fact they stuck around for an extra week to pass an education budget that was pretty much what it originally was shows how out of touch with the public they are. Your grade? Barely passing."

"I'd give them about a B, had a lot of challenges to face."

Mixed grades then...for a legislature that will return for another test next year.


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