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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23
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HCR023.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
TERM LIMITS - STUDY - Authorizes the Legislative Council to appoint a
committee to study the effects of the term limits initiative.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO
3 APPOINT A COMMITTEE TO UNDERTAKE AND COMPLETE A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF
4 THE TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE.
5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 WHEREAS, in 1994 the Idaho voters approved an initiative limiting the time
7 that state and local government officials could hold office; and
8 WHEREAS, this initiative received a great deal of out-of-state funding in
9 support of it and had many nonresidents paid to gather signatures at various
10 festivals, fairs, and other events where large numbers of people gathered; and
11 WHEREAS, the drafters of the initiative and the paid signature gatherers
12 did not appear to have a good working concept of the history of the State of
13 Idaho, the Idaho and United States Constitutions and the general working of
14 our representative form of government; and
15 WHEREAS, there appear to be both federal and state constitutional ques-
16 tions about the initiative that appear to have to be resolved before the ini-
17 tiative takes effect; and
18 WHEREAS, Idaho has rural counties, cities and school districts where it
19 may be extremely difficult to find a qualified person for certain elective
20 office given the sparcity of the population, which is something that propo-
21 nents of the initiative should have taken into account when they were framing
22 it; and
23 WHEREAS, the initiative was drafted loosely enough so that it is difficult
24 at times to ascertain the actual meaning of the statutes that were enacted and
25 the looseness in drafting may actually render the entire initiative or parts
26 of it void for vagueness; and
27 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
28 of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the
29 Senate concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is authorized to
30 appoint a Committee to undertake and complete a study of the practical effects
31 of the term limits initiative that the voters approved at the 1994 general
32 election. The Legislative Council shall determine the number of legislators
33 and membership from each house appointed to the Committee and shall authorize
34 the Committee to receive input, advice and assistance from interested and
35 affected parties who are not members of the Legislature.
36 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the nonlegislative members may be appointed by
37 the cochairs of the Committee who are appointed by the Legislative Council.
38 Nonlegislative members of the advisory committee shall not be reimbursed from
39 legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses and shall not have
40 voting privileges regarding the Committee's recommendations or proposed legis-
42 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall undertake to complete a
43 thorough analysis as to the true nature of the funding received by proponents
44 of the 1994 initiative and may utilize the subpoena power of the Legislative
1 Council if it encounters resistance.
2 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall issue an interim report to
3 the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature and shall
4 report its findings, recommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the
5 First Regular Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing the -
Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and
complete a study of the effects of the term limits initiative.
Including salary, travel, and per diem, total costs for this 2
year committee would not exceed $12,000.
CONTACT: Speaker Bruce Newcomb
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE Bill No. HCR 23