2020 Idaho Legislature
With a special legislative session planned for next week, Gov. Brad Little has a standing meeting every afternoon this week with Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill and House Speaker Scott Bedke.
David Leroy alone will receive nearly $77,000. He represented state superintendent Sherri Ybarra in an unsuccessful lawsuit against the Legislature and the State Board of Education.
Monday’s 5-0 ruling means 18 jobs and $2.7 million will be shifted out of state superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s office, over her objections.
It’s unclear when the Supreme Court will rule in the case. And on Friday, justices didn’t really tip their hand either. During a hearing held over Zoom, the five justices posed pointed questions to attorneys for state superintendent Sherri Ybarra, the Legislature and the State Board of Education.
At issue are court filings from state superintendent Sherri Ybarra and her legislative aide, suggesting Republican lawmakers are trying to undercut Ybarra’s State Department of Education.
In court filings last week, Sherri Ybarra and a top aide weave a cloak-and-dagger tale of legislators determined to dismantle and defund Ybarra’s State Department of Education. Whether Ybarra wins in court or not, there will be political aftershocks.
In statements submitted to the Idaho Supreme Court, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra and a top aide suggest lawmakers are trying to eliminate the elected position — or render the position powerless.
Idaho Education News requested all contracts or documents pertaining to the Legislature’s legal representation. The state refused to release several documents, citing attorney-client privilege.
In court filings Friday, the State Board of Education argued it is Idaho’s education policymaking body, and the Legislature argued it has clear authority to transfer money and positions from one agency to another.
David Leroy will receive $400 an hour representing state superintendent Sherri Ybarra in a case against the Legislature and the State Board of Education, according to documents obtained by Idaho Education News.