Idaho Gov. Butch Otter did not pull out his veto pen to reject legislation from lawmakers this year. He accepted all 359 measures from the Legislature. It’s the first time since 2006 that a governor hasn’t used a veto to reject legislation approved by the Idaho House and Senate, and only the second full legislative session since 1959 that hasn’t seen a veto.
The governor approved most of the legislation with his signature, but let four plans become law without signing off on them. Two of the newly-approved laws are connected to the next budget for the Department of Administration, which includes the next round of funding for the Idaho Education Network (IEN). In a letter to lawmakers explaining his decision not to sign those pieces of legislation, Otter said he wanted more educators and private sector representatives on IPRAC, the panel overseeing IEN. Lawmakers restructured IPRAC to give more authority over IEN to the superintendent of public instruction and lawmakers, rather than the head of the Department of Administration.