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Gov. Risch readies for a special session

Gov. Jim Risch has been quietly calling leaders in the Idaho Legislature, asking them just what sort of time they might have this summer to come visit Boise. And, while they're in town, he might suggest, would they mind, oh, convening the rest of the Legislature? Just for a few days?

As BW goes to press, Risch and staff are crunching the numbers on the state's fiscal situation. His hope and belief: that Idaho will be flush enough with cash reserves to consider a few options for property tax relief. If he can line up votes just right, Risch is hoping to get lawmakers ready to roll into Boise, sign some form of property tax break, and get out, quickly, just in time for the November elections.

"I'd be surprised if we didn't have [a session,]" said Brad Hoaglund, Risch's spokesman and himself a former lobbyist who has been connecting with lawmakers of late. "[Risch] is inquiring of legislative leadership when would be the best time."

What Risch and his political advisers are hoping for, of course, is a quick solution that evaded lawmakers­--and former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne--during the last session.

"That's the key, still: Are they willing to do more than talk?" Hoaglund said of lawmakers.

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