It didn't take much longer for the second of Tom Luna's three bills to pass through the State Senate.
Again, by a 20-15 vote, Republicans opted to support Senate Bill 1110, institute a new merit-pay system for Idaho teachers. The measure would require $38 million in funding in fiscal year 2013, but the revenue would come from a third bill from Luna, still stuck in committee. That measure, the most controversial of the three, would increase class size while cutting nearly 1,000 teaching positions.
Again, eight Republican senators joined seven Democrats in opposing the second bill.