On Monday, the Idaho Legislature convened a special session to fix the mess they made.
On the last day of the regular legislative session, a House panel killed a bill that provided funding for child-support payment enforcement. That mistake could have cost Idaho children $205 million a year, hence the need for a special session.
According to legislative rules, lawmakers may seek expense reimbursements for the special session.
Two House members, Mark Nye (D-Pocatello) and Luke Malek (R-Coeur d’Alene) have already vowed to forgo reimbursements.
Malek explained his decision like this: “Well, we went down there to do a job and we didn’t do it right. So I wouldn’t charge a client if I messed up a job. So I don’t think we should charge the taxpayers for messing this up, either.”
We agree. And every lawmaker should follow suit.