Legislative Update: 2017 Idaho Session Officially Over

Mar 30, 2017

The Idaho Legislature closed up shop and went home Wednesday. The session went five days longer than leadership had anticipated.

The session was notable for a few bills, including transportation funding and tax cuts, which were sticking points at the end of the session. Lawmakers also didn’t find a solution for the 78,000 Idahoans who fall in the Medicaid gap and don’t have health insurance.

Personality conflicts were a recurring theme this session, especially in the Idaho House. GOP leadership clashed with a small group of conservative Republican lawmakers, many of them freshmen.

Boise State University Professor Gary Moncrief watched the session from gavel to gavel. In this 2017 Legislative Wrap Up, he talks about how things turned out.

Moncrief says to watch Governor Butch Otter, to see if he vetoes the removal of the six percent tax on groceries.

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