Top Idaho leader no longer opposes fiscal pilot program

BOISE - House Speaker Scott Bedke says the concerns he originally raised around a pilot project designed to give better cost estimates on proposed legislation have been diminished after seeing the results from this year's legislative session.

In November, Bedke opposed launching a new voluntary program assigning a designated legislative data analyst to review a proposal and work with various state agencies to help come up with a correct dollar amount, also known as a fiscal note inside the Statehouse.

The Republican from Oakley opposed the program last fall because he feared it would create a two-tiered system where one class of fiscal notes would be seen more credible than others.

However, Bedke said Friday those concerns never came to fruition.

Budget analysts have been instructed to submit recommendations to legislative leaders later this year to improve the pilot program for the 2018 legislative session.

© 2017 Associated Press


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