Earlier in the legislative session, lawmakers voted to give the Idaho Human Rights Commission (IHRC) the legal green light to move from the Office of the Governor to the Idaho Department of Labor (IDL) in order to save money. Monday members of the House voted to give financial approval to the transfer.
Lawmakers gave approval to Senate Bill 1441, which reduces the 2010 appropriation to IHRC by $54,700. The IDL will absorb the costs of operation for the commission, which department representatives say will save the state thousands of dollars. Bob Fick, with IDL, said that simply moving the offices of the commission into space provided by the department will save the state approximately $60,000.
The legislation has received approval from the Senate and now heads to Gov. Butch Otter for consideration. Read IdahoReporter.com's past coverage of the legislation here.