Special Session: Not a First for Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The special session of the Legislature called to remedy the state’s noncompliance with federal child support rules isn’t the first time Idaho’s lawmakers have had to come back to Boise after adjourning.

The special session called by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will be the first for the state in almost a decade, but 27 have been called since Idaho became a state in 1890.

The most recent came in 2006 when then-Gov. Jim Risch told lawmakers to consider a plan to cut property taxes and raise the sales tax by one cent.

Paul Headlee of the legislative budget office says the first day of the special session will cost $36,000, with each additional day carrying a price tag of $6,000.