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House kills highway district bill that earlier passed Senate unanimously, to extend commissioners’ terms

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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