quickens as Legislators
January always marks the beginning of an interesting period in Boise. Attention becomes more focused. The pace quickens. People roll up their sleeves. The business of state government assumes added importance as legislators return to Boise to make critical decisions that affect every Idahoan.
The 58th regular session of the Idaho Legislature officially begins at 8 a.m. Monday (Jan. 10) when both the Senate and House first convene. Governor Dirk Kempthorne will set the tone for the legislative session by reviewing state government’s achievements the past year and outlining his vision for the coming year. He will deliver the State of the State Address Monday at 7 p.m.
I encourage you to listen to the address if you have the opportunity because it may contain information about a major transportation-related initiative. The State of the State Address will be aired live on public television and public radio, will be carried live by most television stations in the Treasure Valley and will be printed on the governor’s Web site.
While every year brings legislative decisions that directly impact our department and transportation in Idaho, the coming session has the potential for even greater impact. We have forwarded several bills for consideration that would improve safety on the system and help efficiency in the department. Among those proposals are:
We also will follow any other proposed legislation that relates to transportation funding and personnel matters, such as change in employee compensation (CEC) and employee benefits.
I encourage each of you to take a personal interest in legislative discussions and decisions that will emerge from our state’s capitol the next few months. In addition to having a direct bearing on our service, the process is intriguing and enlightening.
We will keep you apprised of the progress.