Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just in from the Statehouse

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Lawmaker wants to limit Legislative Session
BOISE — An Idaho lawmaker wants to put a cap on Idaho’s expensive marathon sessions. Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise wants to pass legislation limiting the length of legislative sessions.

Thirty-nine states have laws limiting the number of days legislatures can be in session on the books. Burgoyne plans on introducing a constitutional amendment that would limit each regular session of the Legislature to 90 calendar days. His proposal comes after last year’s 117 day marathon.

According to the budget office a typical legislative day costs Idaho taxpayers more than $30,000 a day. Burgoyne thinks lawmakers should have deadlines, like their hard working constituents.

The House Democrat admits that a constitutional amendment from the minority party doesn’t have much of a chance at passage because the House and Senate require a two-thirds supermajority to get the measure on a ballot before the people, nonetheless the idea is gaining bipartisan support.

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