House OK proposed constitutional amendment

April 21-It took almost a record 100 days to accomplish that, but Congressman Aidaho finally achieved their top priority for the 2021 session.

In a vote close to the 54-15 party line in Boise on Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment, allowing Congress to recall it to a special session under certain conditions.

All six representatives from north-central Idaho supported the measure.

The legislation previously passed the Senate with 24-11 votes. We are currently seeking final approval from voters in Idaho in the 2022 general election.

The Idaho Constitution currently gives the Governor the only authority to convene a special session. Parliamentarians have long suffered from that limitation. Friction reached a pitch of heat last summer when it was essentially pushed aside during a coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Joint Resolution 102 amends the Constitution based on a written petition by 60% of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, allowing lawmakers to recall to a special session.

Special sessions are limited to the subjects outlined in the written petition.

Republicans in the House and Senate said that this was a top priority for the 2021 legislative session, with the aim of reducing the governor’s emergency powers and realigning the power balance between the legislature and the administration. Said with the bill.

So far, only two major balance of power bills have passed the state legislature, and the governor announced last week that he intends to reject both. The Senate was unable to revoke the first veto on Monday. The governor must take action on the second bill until Saturday.

If that override attempt fails, it could leave the SJR102 as the only significant outcome of the 2021 session, as far as power balance issues are concerned.

No Education Funding Transactions — Both the House and Senate had relatively light agendas on Tuesday as behind-the-scenes negotiations continued in hopes of resolving the existing education funding impasse.

House Republicans have previously killed 2022 higher education budgets and 2022 public school teacher bills because of concerns about the curriculum of social justice and suspicion of efforts to teach students.

Two proposals to address this issue have been submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee. One was held by the committee. The second bill, 375, was scheduled to hold a hearing at the House Board of Education on Tuesday, but was withdrawn at the last minute.

The Joint Budget Committee seems to be waiting for some versions of the bill to be approved before the introduction of new higher education and public school teacher salary budgets.

Delays mean that the House of Representatives and the Senate have run out of other bills to focus on. Both chambers were postponed by noon.

The House of Representatives approved a handful of spending bills on Tuesday. However, it was two steps forward and one step back as Lieutenant Janice McGeetin’s ally succeeded in returning the 2022 budget to the Joint Budget Committee. They oppose the $ 7,400 cut in the bill and want their money back.

Defending Gun Rights — A law that further strengthens its already significant commitment to the rights of the Second Amendment to the State of Idaho passed the Senate in a 28-7 party line vote.

Senate Bill 1205 enacts a federal “danger signal” law that limits certain gun parts and allows courts to temporarily remove weapons from people who could endanger themselves or others. We will respond to the potential efforts of the Biden administration to promote it.

“This is not a nullification bill. It is a non-supporting bill,” said Senator Todd Lakey of R-Nampa, who co-sponsored the bill. “Federal actions that violate the Idaho Constitution will not be enforced or supported by Idaho government agencies.”

The bill enforces or controls federal executive orders, treaties, laws, or regulations dealing with firearms, parts, or ammunition by state and local government bodies and agencies, contrary to Article 1 (11) of the Idaho Constitution. It is forbidden to spend money or use resources for it.

Section 11 details the right to hold and bear the weapon. It allows legislation dealing with hidden carrying, but otherwise prohibits legislation requiring a license or registration to own or own a gun. It is also prohibited to confiscate guns except those used for consignment of serious crimes.

Spence covers Tribune’s politics. He may be contacted at [email protected] or (208) 791-9168.