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Senate leaders consider reigning in interim committees
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Geddes
says lawmakers should scale back the number of interim committees
and task forces because they use up taxpayer money and can result
in little progress.
The Republican from Soda Springs also says the groups that meet
when the Legislature is not in session can turn what is supposed to
be a part-time job into a full-time job for lawmakers.
Last year, there were 15 interim committees and task forces,
more than double from five years ago.
They cost the state more than $34,000, which doesn't include
paying research staffers in Legislative Services.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)