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Measure would limit sessions to 90 days

Here's a news item from the AP: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature is considering limiting the length of sessions to just 90 calendar days to save money, conserve the time of government workers and encourage a more diverse legislature. The House State Affairs Committee voted Thursday to consider putting a constitutional amendment on November's ballot. There's currently no limit on Idaho sessions. Boise Democrat Grant Burgoyne said lawmakers should at least discuss imposing deadlines in light of the 2009 session, which ran for 117 days. That was the second-longest session in Idaho's history. Burgoyne said long sessions burn up taxpayers' money and distract government agency employees from their other responsibilities. He also said a session with an open end discourages people with full-time jobs from running for office. Burgoyne says that at least 39 states including Wyoming limit their sessions.




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