Lawmakers so close to end of session they can taste it

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- With the cost to taxpayers at $30,000 every day the Idaho legislature convenes, lawmakers are working hard to take care of business and go home.

Thursday marks the 74th legislative day of the 2014 session, and it could be clear sailing for one of the earliest adjournments since 2004.

That's what lawmakers are hoping, anyway.

"We have about 20 pieces of legislation left," said Sen. Brent Hill, the Senate president pro tem, earlier in the day. "All of them are not particularly controversial, they just need to make their way through the process."

And bills were being passed at a brisk clip all day.

The session's signature bill has already passed -- an increase in public education funding of about five percent over last year with a one-percent increase in pay for teachers.

Packing boxes line the statehouse halls, but as the saying goes: "it ain't over, til it's over".

"You need to have the dominoes fall correctly, and get fires put out so that things happen smoothly," said Rep. John Rusche, House minority leader. "Otherwise, you'll have something like what happened last year with the education bill in the Senate and we'll be here several days trying to put things back together."

But there's one big difference between 2013 and 2014.

This year is an election year and the campaign trail is calling.