2014 End of Session Notes

March 23, 2014

As this session of Idaho State Legislature comes to a close, I want to thank you for allowing me to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent you.
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Bill Summary
This week, the Idaho legislature had the feel of the session winding down. The committee work is mostly complete; therefore most committees are shut down for the session. The Senate spent both mornings and the afternoons hearing, debating and voting on bills. Here is a synopsis of some legislation to pass from the Senate and house floors. We are on course for a Friday, March 21, adjournment, Sine Die.
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State Sens. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, left, and Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, are shown during a Friday afternoon meeting of the Senate Resources and Environment Committee during which Bair made the successful motion to send to the Senate’s amending order House Bill 470. The legislation seeks to spend $2 million on a new state wolf depredation control board. The funding, if approved, would be through a separate appropriations bill. (Dave Goins photo for the Journal)

Click here for the full story: Idaho State Journal 3/15/14

Newsletter: March 9, 2014

March 10, 2014

Public School Budget for 2015
The Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee (JFAC) finished its budget setting process last Friday. That signals that the end of legislative session may end in about fourteen days. Two weeks from when JFAC finishes setting budgets is about how much time it takes to draft and move the last of the finance budgets through the House and Senate and have the Governor sign them into law.
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Press Release-Blackfoot, Idaho
Senator Steve Bair has filed to run as Bingham County’s State Senator. Sen. Bair has served 4 terms in the Idaho Senate. “It is a distinct and genuine honor to serve and represent the good folks of District 31, Bingham County”, said Senator Bair, “and water issues continue to be one of the top priorities.” Bair added, “Protecting upper valley surface water and ground water pumpers has been and will remain a top priority”.
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