Longer Hours On The Floor As The Idaho Legislative Session Draws To A Close

Today the House tackled bills beginning at 9:30 am through 12:15, and then from 2:30 to 6 pm. The House State Affairs and Education Committees are still meeting in the mornings, beginning at 8 am. Tomorrow brings more of the same. While many bills on the floor moved quickly, longer debates today dealt with tanning bed and texting while driving restrictions, eliminating capital gains on U.S. gold and silver coinage, tax credits for new Ag related businesses, and limiting prescriptive easement rights for counties. I presented HB 639 strengthening rights to have contract disputes heard in Idaho courts instead of elsewhere, which passed unanimously. All of the above bills passed, except the silver and gold coinage bill which died on a tie vote. I voted against the tanning bed and tax credit bills. Tomorrow morning I’ll be in State Affairs again, 8 a.m. sharp.

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