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Voters in Idaho may get the chance to decide whether state legislators may call themselves into special, non-scheduled sessions. The change requires an amendment to the state constitution.

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The Idaho Senate on Wednesday voted to give the legislature permission to call itself into a special session in case of emergency. The state constitution doesn’t allow that, so the people would have vote on it first.

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The Washington and Idaho legislatures are different in many ways. Democrats control both chambers in Olympia. Republicans are in charge in Boise.

But the pandemic has united legislators in the two states in one specific way. They’re each working to increase their authority during emergencies by calling themselves into special sessions. 

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The Idaho legislature is one vote away from sending to the ballot a measure that would add to its powers.

“We’ve been, in my opinion and many others, unjustly restrained by the inability to call ourselves into session to deal with, in this case, emergency powers and the appropriation of public funds. That’s what this is all about," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder.

ID Lawmakers Begin What May Be Final Special Session Day

Aug 26, 2020
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Idaho lawmakers have begun what may be the final day of their special legislative session.

Two bills and a resolution appear to still be in play.

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UPDATED: 2:55 pm

The Idaho Senate today [Monday] approved a bill that adds an in-person voting center option to supplement neighborhood polling places on Election Day in November.

“What we would do is make it possible for any voter to go to any location to vote," said Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane, speaking during the first day of the Idaho special legislative session.