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Trib: ID Solons Suffer Senior Moments

ccording to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 48 percent of Idaho's legislators are 65 or older, second only to New Hampshire where half of that state's lawmakers are 65 or more. You'd expect to see younger lawmakers in larger states where statehouse duty is year-round and the compensation reflects it. But how do you explain Idaho's peers, where lawmakers also take time away from family and work to spend a few months in session? In Wyoming, 34 percent of the lawmakers are at least 65. In Montana, the percentage is 33 percent. In Nevada, it's 32 percent and in Oregon, the number is 28 percent. A quarter of the legislators in Utah and Washington are 65 or older/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think the relative older age of the Idaho Legislature brings wisdom? Or individuals who have lost touch with such needs as education?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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