Shall voters repeal
Express Staff Writer
Two is a statewide referendum on whether Idaho voters want to
re-establish term limits for elected officials who serve in federal,
state, county, city and school district offices.
it asks if voters want to approve or reject Idahoís House Bill 425,
which upon its approval in February repealed Idaho's standing term-limit
laws. The bill was approved by the state House of Representatives and
Senate in January, vetoed by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, and then given a
second vote of support by state legislators to override the governorís
voters in 1994 enacted term limits on all elected officials in the
state. In 1998, voters reaffirmed term limits for local and state office
holders in a statewide advisory poll.
Supreme Court in 2001 determined that the term-limit laws approved by
voters were constitutional.
laws targeted by House Bill 425 restricted school board members and
county commissioners to six years of service in any 11-year period, and
all other elected state, county and city officials to eight years in any
15-year period. The laws were designed to not impact state legislators
received opposition from Democrats in the state House and Senate, but
received overwhelming support from Republicans. It repealed sections of
Idaho Code pertaining to term limits, but was challenged by enough
citizens to mandate a statewide referendum in the form of Proposition
proposition states that rejection of H425 will "enact ballot
restrictions that will have the practical effect of imposing term
"yes" vote on the proposition would in effect be vote in favor
of H425 and against term limits.
"no" vote on the proposition would be a vote against H425 and
its repeal of pre-existing term limits, and would reinstate the term
limits previously approved by voters.
Proposition Two is an inverted "yes" or "no" vote on
whether Idaho citizens want to impose term limits on their elected
officials. A "yes" vote will repeal term-limit laws, and a
"no" vote will uphold term-limit laws.