The 2013 Idaho Legislature adjourned on April 4. Legislators debated everything from health care to public education funding. We brought you the major stories from the 62nd regular session, including the creation of a state-based health insurance exchange. Now it’s time to do the numbers, with a little help from the recently released end of session report:
41 of the 105 lawmakers under the Rotunda were brand new to the Legislature. That was in part due to redistricting, where the state’s political lines are re-drawn every ten years.
88 days. That’s how long the session lasted.
777 draft proposals (known as RS’s) came out of the session. That’s the lowest number in over 40 years. Usually lawmakers draft between 800 and 1,000 piece of legislation each session. That may have been influenced by the large number of new lawmakers to take office.
50 percent of those RS’s became law. That was the highest percentage of bills to pass into law ever recorded in the Legislature. Usually only about 1/3 of RS’s become law.
2 bills were vetoed by Governor C.L. Butch Otter.
$2,700,121,100 is how much money the Legislature is spending this fiscal year (2013) out of the state General Fund. That's the state budget which does not include federal dollars.
$2,781,023,800 is what lawmakers plan to spend in the next fiscal year (2014) from the state General Fund. This does not include federal dollars.
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