Idaho Legislature Completes Organizational Session With Committee Chair Shuffle

Following a week of training, logistics and organizational meetings, Idaho’s 65th Legislature is all prepped and ready for the kick-off of the 2019 Legislative Session on January 7th.  This week’s Organizational Session included some contentious leadership elections in the House of Representatives, which resulted in Speaker of the House, Scott Bedke (R – Oakely – 27) and Majority Leader Mike Moyle (R – Star – 14) retaining their current leadership roles.  In addition, Representative Jason Monks (R – Meridian – 22)  and Representative Megan Blanksma (R – Hammett – 23) were elected as Assistant Majority Leader and Majority Caucus Chair, respectively.  The only other leadership race was for Majority Caucus Chairman in the Senate where Steve Vick (R – Dalton Gardens – 2) retained his current role.   Both legislative bodies just completed a significant shuffle of committee chairs and committee assignments.  In the Senate, seven out of the ten committees are now led by new committee chairs, and the Idaho House Committees have been finalized with eight new leaders.  Speaking directly to the two committees that are germane to many credit union issues, the membership has aligned in the following manner:

Senate Commerce & Human Resources: Chairman Jim Patrick (R – Twin Falls – 25) /  Vice Chair Jeff Agenbroad (R – Nampa – 13)

Majority Members:  Fred Martin (Boise – 15), Todd Lakey (Nampa – 12), Jim Guthrie (Inkom – 28) , Steven Thayn (Emmett – 8), Mary Souza (R – CDA – 4) / Minority Members:  Janie Ward-Engelking (Boise – 18) and Grant Burgoyne (Boise – 16).

House Business Committee:  Chairman Sage Dixon (R – Ponderay – 1) / Vice Chair Gayann DeMordaunt (R – Eagle – 14)

Majority Members: Gary Collins (Nampa – 13), Brent Crane (Nampa – 13), Joe Palmer (Meridian – 20), Vito Barbieri (Dalton Gardens – 2), Thyra Stevenson (Lewiston – 6), Randy Armstrong (Inkom – 28), Lance Clow (Twin Falls – 24), Jason Monks (Nampa – 22), Kevin Andrus (Lava Hot Springs – 28), Rod Furniss (Rigby – 35), Tammy Nichols (Middleton – 11), Jerald Raymond (Menan – 35) / Minority Members:  Elaine Smith (Pocatello – 29), Steve Berch (Boise – 15) and Brooke Green (Boise – 18).

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