Lawmakers participate in civil discourse class

Posted at 2:57 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 10:16:59-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho lawmakers are starting the 2016 legislative session with a lesson in civility.

Legislative leaders invited members of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, based in Arizona, to host a voluntary workshop on Tuesday. The 2016 Idaho Legislature started on Monday.

House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley says legislative leaders have held workshops at the beginning of each session for the past four years. Bedke added that that he believes Idaho lawmakers are already fairly civil, but it doesn't hurt to have a reminder.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, says Tuesday's event will focus solely on how lawmakers interact with each other and not the media or the public.