The House has killed legislation that earlier passed the Senate unanimously to increase highway district commissioners’ terms from four years to six years, after an impassioned plea from House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star. Moyle noted that legislators all run for office every two years, while statewide elected officials serve four-year terms; he said that makes them accountable to the people. Moyle asked how increasing terms for highway district commissioners was any different than increasing the governor’s term to six years. “This is a bad bill,” Moyle declared. Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, said this doesn’t happen often, but he had just one word to add to Moyle’s debate: “Amen.” The bill, SB 1285a, then was killed on a 20-46 vote.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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