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The Idaho State Capitol, where the legislature meets, is based in Boise.  The historical building is currently undergoing extensive renovations.
 
The Idaho State Capitol, where the legislature meets, is based in Boise.  The historical building is currently undergoing extensive renovations.
  
As of December 2012, [[Idaho]] is one of 24 Republican [[state government trifectas]].
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As of May 2013, [[Idaho]] is one of 24 Republican [[state government trifectas]].
 
==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article III, Idaho Constitution| Article III of the Idaho Constitution]] establishes when the Legislature is to be in session.  Section 8 of Article III states that the Legislature will convene its regular session on the second Monday in January of each year.  Section 8 also allows that starting date of the legislative session to be changed by law.  However, in 2010, the Legislature convened on the second Monday in January as provided by the Constitution.  Section 8 also states that the [[Governor of Idaho]] can convene special sessions of the Legislature at any time.
 
[[Article III, Idaho Constitution| Article III of the Idaho Constitution]] establishes when the Legislature is to be in session.  Section 8 of Article III states that the Legislature will convene its regular session on the second Monday in January of each year.  Section 8 also allows that starting date of the legislative session to be changed by law.  However, in 2010, the Legislature convened on the second Monday in January as provided by the Constitution.  Section 8 also states that the [[Governor of Idaho]] can convene special sessions of the Legislature at any time.

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Idaho State Legislature

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General Information
Type:   State legislature
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official Legislature Page
Leadership
Senate President:   Brent Hill (R)
House Speaker:  Lawerence Denney (R)
Majority Leader:   Bart Davis (R) (Senate),
Mike Moyle (R) (House)
Minority leader:   Edgar Malepeai (D) (Senate),
John Rusche (D) (House)
Structure
Members:  35 (Senate), 70 (House)
Length of term:   2 years (Senate), 2 years (House)
Authority:   Art IV, Idaho Constitution
Salary:   $16,116/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012
35 seats (Senate)
70 seats (House)
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Redistricting:  Idaho Redistricting Commission has control
The Idaho State Legislature is the state legislature of Idaho. It consists of the upper Idaho State Senate and the lower Idaho House of Representatives. The Idaho Senate contains 35 Senators, who are elected from 35 districts. The Idaho House of Representatives consists of 70 Representatives, who are elected from the same 35 districts, with 2 being elected from each constituency.

The crossing of upper and lower house districts into a single constituency is found in only seven U.S. state legislatures: Idaho, Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington. As of 2000, each legislative district in the state of Idaho had approximately 37,000 residents.

The Idaho State Capitol, where the legislature meets, is based in Boise. The historical building is currently undergoing extensive renovations.

As of May 2013, Idaho is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article III of the Idaho Constitution establishes when the Legislature is to be in session. Section 8 of Article III states that the Legislature will convene its regular session on the second Monday in January of each year. Section 8 also allows that starting date of the legislative session to be changed by law. However, in 2010, the Legislature convened on the second Monday in January as provided by the Constitution. Section 8 also states that the Governor of Idaho can convene special sessions of the Legislature at any time.

The Idaho Legislature normally convenes at the Idaho State Capitol in downtown Boise.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the legislature will be in session from January 7 through late March.

Major issues

While Republicans hold a solid majority in the state, 2013 looks likely to have a number of fights within the GOP, namely the creation of a state-controlled health exchange, something the governor has supported but legislators have not. Other main issues include school reform, business tax breaks, and ethics rules.[1]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.

Major issues

Legislators considered setting up a state-based health care exchange as required under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Conservative legislators opposed to the law sought to set up a public-private ownership as a compromise, rather that risking the federal government setting up one on the state's behalf. The budget and public education reform were also major issues.[2]

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Legislature was in session from January 10 through April 7. [3]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the Legislature was in session from January 11th to March 29th.

Legislators

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Idaho legislature are paid $16,116/year. Additionally, legislators receive $122/day per diem for members living outside Boise. Members living inside Boise receive $49/day. Additionally, all members are eligible for $25/day for travel (vouchered), which is set by the Compensation Commision.[4]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Idaho legislators assume office after the first day of December following the general election. They are officially sworn in during an organizational session on the first Thursday in December every second year. [5]

Redistricting

The Idaho Commission on Reapportionment is responsible for redistricting. The commission has 90 days to finalize a plan; if unable, the Idaho Supreme Court takes over.

2010 census

Idaho received its local census data on March 20, 2011. The five cities with the highest populations were Boise, 205,671; Nampa, 81,557; Meridian, 75,092; Idaho Falls, 56,813; and Pocatello, 54,255. Boise grew by 10.7 percent since the 2000 Census. Nampa grew by 57.2 percent, Meridian grew by 115.0 percent, Idaho Falls grew by 12.0 percent, and Pocatello grew by 5.4 percent.[6]

In the 2011 redistricting process, the commission missed its September 6 deadline to draw new state legislative maps. A new commission was formed, and first met on October 11, 2011; on October 14, they agreed to the final plan, which had 11 county splits and placed many incumbents into the same districts.

Senate

The Idaho Senate is the upper chamber of the Idaho State Legislature. It consists of 35 Senators elected to two-year terms, each representing a district of the state. Each member represents an average of 44,788 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[7] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 36,970.[8] The senate has been composed of 28 Republicans, 7 Democrats since the 2002 elections.


Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 7
     Republican Party 28
Total 35


House of Representatives

The Idaho House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Idaho State Legislature. It consists of 70 representatives, two from each district, elected to two-year terms. Each member represents an average of 22,394 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[9] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 18,485.[10] The Idaho House of Representatives has been continuously controlled by the Republican Party since the 1950s, usually by a wide margin. However, Democrats picked up six seats in the 2006 elections, mainly in the Boise area.

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 57
Total 70


State capitol


Idaho State Capitol under renovation
Idaho's state capitol, located in Boise, is considered to be one of the state's most significant buildings, both architecturally and historically. It is built in the Renaissance Revival style. Construction began in 1905 and the first round of construction was completed in 1912, allowing legislative meetings to commence in the new building. A second round of construction to complete the original building began in 1919.[11]

A State Capitol Commission was created in 1998. It was given the responsibility of developing a plan for the restoration of the Capitol.

In 2005, the state legislature allocated a portion of the state's tax on cigarettes to go into a permanent building fund earmarked for repair and restoration of the state capitol.

Joint committees

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