Idaho panel approves new version of Political Constitutional Amendment

Idaho panel approves new version of Political Constitutional Amendment

If the full Senate approves the new version, it will go to the House, which will require a two-thirds majority to pass. It would then go to voters in the November 2022 general election, where a simple majority is needed for approval.

If voters approve it in 2022, lawmakers could recall whether 60% of the House and Senate members agree to do so.

Some lawmakers have said two-thirds of lawmakers should be required to call a special session, which would be enough to override a governor’s veto. One of the Republican senators on the panel joined two Democrats on Monday in opposing the legislation for this reason.

Idaho is one of 14 states where only the governor can call a special legislative session, and sessions are limited to matters defined before sessions.

Idaho, for example, held a special session in August focused on coronavirus issues, including the handling of missing ballots, which increased during the pandemic.

The proposed constitutional amendment stems from lawmakers’ dissatisfaction with the restrictions – and their inability to do anything about them – that Republican Gov. Brad Little put in place last March to reduce infections and diseases. coronavirus deaths.

The restrictions included a temporary lockdown and restrictions on who can go to work. The Republican-dominated legislature had then adjourned for the year and could not recall in session.

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