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Idaho Legislature adjourns session Wednesday

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 19:32:56-04

It's a wrap on the 2017 legislative session. The 80 day session came to a close on Wednesday. 

Idaho's lawmakers finished their year by passing a contentious repeal of the state's six percent sales tax on groceries. 

"We have to wait and see what the governor is going to do with that," President Pro Tempore Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said. "If he decides not to go along with that, and decides to veto it, we're not here to override the veto."

Hill says senators will be looking at greater tax reform in 2018.

Tuesday night, the House and Senate signed off on a massive $320 million transportation funding plan.

"We came up with some good legislation, some good funding regarding transportation," Hill said. "[There's] a real need that's out there across the state, particularly with this harsh winter we've just gone through."

Legislators on both sides of the aisle say some of their greatest accomplishments came in the form of the education budget.

""Very pleased with what we did with education, particularly that we're following the recommendations within the career ladder," Minority Leader Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said. 

While the lawmakers say they are relieved to have this session in the books, they are looking ahead at issues still needing to be addressed in Idaho.

"The health care situation, particularly our gap population and our veterans, we have not taken care of them," Stennett said. "A bill came through the Senate and ended up dying because we know we need to do something more meaningful."

"The faith healing issue with protecting children... we made an attempt at it," Hill said. "We didn't make any changes there, but I think it will be one that will be discussed in future sessions."