The Idaho State Capitol building in Boise on Jan. 11, 2023. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
Leaders of the Idaho Legislature released their unofficial deadlines for the upcoming 2024 legislative session on Thursday, signaling they hope to wrap the session up in March well before next year’s primary elections.
Legislative leaders hope to adjourn for the year March 22, the 75th day in session. If legislators could hit that target, that would make the 2024 legislative session the shortest session since 2020, when legislators adjourned after 74 days in session.
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All 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature will be up for election in 2024, and the primary election is May 21. Generally, legislative sessions in election years are shorter because legislators want to be able to leave Boise and return to their home districts to campaign for re-election.
The deadlines are unofficial but are intended to set parameters and expectations for the annual legislative session, which begins Jan. 8 at the Idaho State Capitol.
Members of the Legislative Council discussed the 2024 deadlines during a meeting Thursday at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
The Legislative Council includes legislative leaders from both major political parties and is responsible for overseeing the management responsibilities of the Idaho Legislature.
Legislative sessions generally last between 75 and 90 days, although there is no time limit. For example, the 2021 session was the longest in state history and ran for 311 days – although it was punctuated by several stops and starts and a long recess that counted toward the total number of days.
Here is a look at several 2024 dates and deadlines legislators released Thursday.
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