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Idaho Session Limit Amendment (2010)

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The Idaho Session Limit Amendment did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Idaho. The measure, if sent to the ballot and enacted by voters, would have limited legislative sessions to 90 days. According to Grant Burgoyne, who introduced the measure, it would have saved government time and would have allowed for a more diverse legislature.[1]

According to Burgoyne, long sessions wasted public money and did not allow government workers to tend to their other responsibilities. The Senator stated that lengthy legislative sessions prevented full-time job candidates from running for legislative office. In order for the measure to have been placed in front of voters in November, the Idaho State Senate and the Idaho House of Representatives must have passed the proposal with a two-thirds majority vote.

Constitutional changes

If enacted by Idaho voters, the measure would have amended the Idaho Constitution by changing Section 8 of Article III to read:[2]

"The regular session of the legislature shall be held annually at the capital of the state, commencing on the second Monday of January each year, unless a different day shall have been appointed by law, and special sessions at other times when convened by the governor. No regular session of the legislature shall exceed ninety calendar days in length."

Section 8 of Article III read:

"The sessions of the legislature shall be held annually at the capital of the state, commencing on the second Monday of January of each year, unless a different day shall have been appointed by law, and at other times when convened by the governor."

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