BOYS – More than 100 bills and resolutions were introduced in the Idaho Legislature last week as lawmakers rush to meet the bill’s deadline this week.
That’s about a third of all the legislation enacted so far at this session.
Lawmakers from northern Idaho have contributed to the influx. Together, they have proposed more than a dozen bills and resolutions, including:
Full day in kindergarten and literacy training
Senator Carl Crabtree, R. Grangeville, co-authored legislation that provides government funding for additional full-time kindergarten services.
The state now funds only the kindergarten for the south. Schools that offer full-time classes must pay for it through local fees or other means. Krabtry says this leads to a disparity in educational opportunities across the state due to the different ability of districts to raise funds.
The estimated value of Senate Bill 1315 is about $ 43 million. It includes a language that requires kindergarten classes to include a parental involvement component. There is also a provision that prohibits districts from including funding for kindergartens in their local fee requests if they accept government funding for full-time classes.
Co-sponsored by Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, and Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth.
Three lawmakers also co-sponsored a bill that changes the formula for funding illiteracy.
The formula is currently sending money to districts based on the average number of kindergarten students up to third grade who have scored a baseline or below baseline on Idaho’s annual reading rate.
Bill 1314 overturns the formula for rewarding schools for performance. It provides funding depending on how many students show improvement in their reading performance. Bonus funding will be available to students who are economically disadvantaged or study English as a second language.
Recognition of the Idaho mining disaster
Two different simultaneous resolutions were introduced recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Sunshine mine fire and honoring the Idaho mining industry.
A fire broke out on May 2, 1972. A total of 91 miners died from smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning, making it the deadliest mining disaster in Idaho history.
Caroline Troy MP, R-Genesee, was one of the authors of one of the resolutions along with Senator Crabtree and Charlie Shepard’s representative, R-Pollock.
The second resolution was sponsored by a representative of Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird. Its measure establishes May 2 as the annual Miners’ Remembrance Day.
Troy also sponsored a resolution honoring the lives of Louise McClure, an art advocate and wife of former U.S. Senator James McClure.
McClure was born in Troy and grew up in Nezpers. She passed away in September.
Shepherd’s report introduced legislation that allows licensed SUVs to work on the side of the highway for limited distances.
Shepard told the House Committee on Transport and Defense that the bill “is very necessary in some areas and in others will be insignificant.”
The bill allows SUVs to use the arm of “low-access roads”, which have speed limits of more than 60 miles per hour.
Drivers could use the shoulder for five miles, with limited purposes, to get to another SUV or gain access to business services such as fuel, housing and food.
Low-emission school buses
Senator David Nelson, D-Moscow, co-authored Senate Bill 1319, which amends state law so school districts can apply for funding in the Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Investment Act to purchase low-emission or zero-emission school buses emission.
Senator Lori Dan Hartog, R-Meridian, co-authored the event.
A rich history lesson
Senator Crabtree and MP Boyle co-sponsored Parallel Senate Resolution 118, which encourages schools to give lessons in U.S. history that show the nation’s triumphs as well as its shortcomings.
The measure is a response to a curriculum that “attempts to re-educate children in the belief that they should be ashamed or limited by their racial and ethnic affiliation”.
The resolution states that “it is necessary for children to be taught mistakes and unprecedented achievements on the path to freedom and justice for all.”