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Court date set in debate over state treasurer’s office space

Posted: 10:47 AM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 12:47:25-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho legislative leaders have filed a civil lawsuit against State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth over her office space at the state capitol building.

The Idaho Press reports that an Oct. 31 hearing is scheduled to decide if Ellsworth could stay in the capitol building.

Legislators claimed back in June that Ellsworth violated state statute when she refused to move her office -- at the Legislature's request -- to make room for more House members and staff offices.

Ellsworth's attorney, David Leroy, claims her office location is necessary for her and her staff members to do their job.

Leroy’s August motion says legislators are not able to sue the treasurer, and it would require a resolution from both houses of government.

Officials say the hearing is necessary to resolve the dispute.

(by Associated Press)