Just how clear was Gov. Jim Risch about restricting the special legislative session on Aug. 25th to the property tax reform bill that he’s proposing? He’s the wording from his proclamation calling the special session:
WHEREAS rising property taxes are a major concern to property owners across the State of Idaho; and
WHEREAS the Idaho State Legislature has evaluated the issues surrounding property taxes in Idaho for over a year; and
WHEREAS the issues of property tax relief and safeguarding public education constitute an extraordinary occasion; and
WHEREAS article 4, section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Idaho empowers the Governor, on extraordinary occasions, to convene the Legislature by proclamation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. RISCH, Governor of the State of Idaho, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Idaho, do by this Proclamation convene the 58th Idaho Legislature in Extraordinary Session in the Legislative Chambers at the Capitol in Boise City, Ada County, Idaho, at the hour of 8:00 A.M. on the 25th day of August, 2006, to:
Consider for passage RS 16445, a copy of which is attached hereto.
The Extraordinary Session of the Legislature convened by this Proclamation shall have no power to legislate on any subject other than that specified herein.
RS 16445, of course, is Risch’s bill, also called the “Property Tax Relief Act of 2006.”