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Idaho panel OKs plan for lawmakers to call special sessions

Currently, only governors can call special sessions. Opponents say lawmakers calling special...
Currently, only governors can call special sessions. Opponents say lawmakers calling special sessions could lead to a full-time Legislature.(KMVT)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 3:23 PM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel has approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Legislature to call itself into session.

The committee on a voice vote Thursday sent the resolution to the full House, where it will need a two-thirds majority to pass. It has already cleared the Senate. If it passes the House, the amendment would go before voters in November 2022.

If voters approve with a simple majority, the Legislature could call itself back into session if 60% of lawmakers in each the House and Senate agree.

Currently, only governors can call special sessions. Opponents say lawmakers calling special sessions could lead to a full-time Legislature.

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