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Court rules against Idaho treasurer in office space fight

Idaho Treasurer Office Space
Posted at 8:13 AM, Jan 27, 2021

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling ordering Idaho's elected state treasurer to leave her Statehouse offices.

The court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke and Republican Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder. Their civil lawsuit sought to oust Republican Treasurer Julie Ellsworth from offices on the first floor in the capitol building. Lawmakers want room for House members and staff offices.

The court cited a section of Idaho law giving legislative leaders control over the first floor. That 2007 law came about after then-Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter refused to allow two underground stories during a Statehouse renovation.