As the state Legislature’s first of two planned legislative sessions outside the state capitol building approaches, there are a few details that could make things difficult. Among them: The Capitol Annex, the former Ada County courthouse where lawmakers will convene for the next two years while the state capitol is being renovated, right now has a total of 19 toilet stalls, all through the building. That’s it. In the state capitol building, there were 44 stalls. So when 105 state legislators, dozens of staffers, droves of lobbyists, rafts of reporters and crowds of concerned citizens descend on the building in January for Idaho’s annual legislative session, there will be heavy competition for what may be the most coveted seats in the house.
Lawmakers planning for the session looked into bringing in portable, heated restroom units in trailers to place around the building, “but they’re kinda pricey,” said Jeff Youtz, legislative services director. “The relocation committee … rejected that. They wanted to kind of see how it was going to go first. But I have a feeling we may yet have to react rather quickly and put something together.”