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Idaho leaders don't act on McGeachin legal fee request

McGeachin Lawsuit Budget
Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-11 16:27:46-05

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho legislative budget leaders have decided not to act on a request by Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin for extra money to pay a private attorney she hired in a public records dispute.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 18-0 Friday to approve a budget of $202,200 for her office for next fiscal year. That decision omitted her request of $29,000 for legal fees for the fiscal year ending June 30. McGeachin last year hired a private attorney to keep secret records from her Education Task Force, but lost in court.

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McGeachin's office has paid the $29,000, meaning she may not have enough to make payroll.