Idaho measure to limit session days fails to make ballot
BOISE, Idaho: There are a total of four measures on this year's November 2, 2010 general election ballot in the state of Idaho, however, one measure that will not be on the ballot is a measure concerning legislative session. The measure, proposed in this year's legislative session, would have let voters decide whether to limit 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.
According to Burgoyne, long sessions waste public money and do not allow government workers to tend to their other responsibilities. The Senator stated that lengthy legislative sessions prevent full-time job candidates from running for legislative office. In order for the measure to be 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. Legislative session ended before the measure could be sent to the ballot.