The budget-conscious Republican majority
could save Idahoans thousands of dollars a day if they shortened this year’s
Leaders could shorten the session easily
by convincing their colleagues to leave purely ideological matters at home for a
For example, this year’s diversionary
debates will center around a measure to install a Ten Commandments monument at
the statehouse and a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages—even though a
law that does so is already on the books.
Leaders could point out the folly of
buying the state expensive lawsuits that are already being fought elsewhere, as
in the case of the Ten Commandments. They could show lawmakers that one law on
the books is as good as two.
Instead, the Idaho Legislature seems
hellbent on presenting its annual rerun featuring of lots of hand wringing and
When it comes to lawmaking, Idaho has
never been cutting-edge. With money tight and the economy uncertain, this is not
the time to change and to undertake expensive and futile ideological crusades.