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Idaho Senate panel approves special election bill

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 12:01:56-04

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a proposal changing the state's process for special congressional elections.

To date, Idaho has never held an election when an Idaho member of Congress leaves office mid-term. Unlike if a U.S. senator leaves office, a House member replacement requires scheduling a special election -- rather than the governor appointing a replacement. That special election would allow anyone to run for the seat, regardless of political party.

Rep. Tom Loertscher, a Republican from Iona, says that it's time to update the law, which has been in place since 1899. His bill would create require a primary election and general election if a House vacancy occurs.

The Spokesman-Review reports the Senate State Affairs Committee approved Monday sending HB 197 to the Senate floor.

(by Associated Press)