Special Session


The state legislature nearly convened a special session to parse out the details of unresolved issues of flood control on Southwest Idaho rivers. The session was averted and House Speaker Scott Bedke walks us through the issue and the resolution.

On The Thursday, July 12, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 12, 2018

  • Idaho Department of Correction Director Henry Atencio discusses overcrowding.
  • A former state supreme court justice files suit on behalf of Idaho students.
  • State House Speaker Scott Bedke narrowly averts a special session.
  • 45 years later, Old Idaho Penitentiary still gets visitors.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Legislative leaders say Gov. Butch Otter might call a special legislative session to address a years-long water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho.

Butch Otter
Idaho Statesman

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter praised lawmakers for successfully passing child support enforcement legislation during the Idaho Legislature's 11-hour special session.

Otter told reporters Tuesday that he will sign the bill once it gets to his desk.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is calling lawmakers back to Boise for a special session May 18 to address a failed child support bill rejected during the 2015 legislative session.

A House panel killed the bill the last day of the session over concerns it could require the state to enforce rulings made in other countries under Islamic law.

The governor said Wednesday he's met with legislative leadership to find a solution that lawmakers in both chambers will approve.