Dan Popkey reports in the DAILY PAPER that Idaho Democratic legislators are taking the lead from their Republican opponents and holding secret caucus meetings for the first time in 9 years.
They justify it, saying if the opposition knows what is planned, they could lose their chance to win on important issues.
Unfortunately this is nothing new in Idaho and is perhaps a growing trend to keep the citizens in the dark. Team Dave does it with the trolley folly (Desire named Street Car), Urban Renewal agencies bent on increasing their power and reach refused to allow the GUARDIAN into a meeting to craft legislation.
Cities routinely meet in secret to purchase real estate–Boise recently rushed to buy Stack Rock and Canyon County ag land owned by a former city fire marshall. It is legal to do it, but hardly mandatory. We would like to have seen a simple line in the purchase of the farm land for “natural filtering” of phosphorous that made the purchase “contingent upon EPA approval of the plan.” No way to even know about it until the deal was done.
A revision of the URBAN RENEWAL LAW being proposed to the legislature would eliminate without question any rights of citizens to vote on debt. Urban Renewal (CCDC in Boise) has no oversight whatsoever for spending the tax money it collects–none of the members are elected to the boards.
Even the video of the “strip hockey” was kept secret by the city on grounds of national security-type rationale. A judge will soon decide that issue.
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