Idaho Legislature’s Session Begins With GAC on the Horizon

With the Idaho Government Affairs Conference on January 26 quickly approaching, the Legislature officially met this week to kick off the state’s 64th legislative session. Speaker of the House Representative Bedke, and Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill, detailed the priorities for both chambers during a Chairman’s luncheon.

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, and Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill,, speaking at an earlier luncheon. (Photo: Idaho Statesman)

Speaker Bedke was quick to mention the state’s surplus, and the prime fiscal position as leaders begin budget discussions for 2017 and 2018.

Though close to 60 percent of the state’s funding dollars committed into education, the Speaker acknowledged that there are still school districts in the state in need of additional resources. He reassured the audience that there will be a robust discussion in Boise this session around that issues and other funding priorities.

Senate President Pro Tempore Hill shared similar sentiments and reminded those in attendance that they would hear the same tones in the State of the State address from Governor Butch Otter.

President Pro Tempore Hill also indicated that no decisions have been made surrounding the sunset of the two year plan of surplus dollars being routed to transportation. Both also shared their thoughts around the incoming Trump administration, along with that of the new Congress, and how both would impact Idaho.

Over the weekend, as legislators prepared for the session, credit union leaders and advocates attended multiple political and legislative events, spending time with elected officials on both sides of the aisle and continuing to share the Credit Union Difference and build relationships.

One prime opportunity to do just that is by attending the Idaho Government Affairs Conference on January 26. Click here to find out more about Idaho GAC and how your credit union can connect with legislators and have a big impact that will resonate year-round.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,


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