Idaho legislators old and new aren't wasting any time getting to know one another (or renewing old alliances).
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the 23rd North Idaho Legislative Tour kicks off on Monday, Nov. 12, with jockeying for majority and minority leadership expected to begin. Formal leadership elections are slated for Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The Tribune reports that lawmakers are expected to arrive in Lewiston on Sunday, Nov. 11, when they will tour Lewis-Clark State College. On Monday, Nov. 12, legislators will break into separate groups, with some traveling to Orofino or Craigmont while others will visit Clearwater Paper and the Port of Lewiston. The two-day event wraps up with a jet boat tour of the Snake River.
But if the public would like some face time with the legislators, they'll need some significant cash. Tickets to the Nov. 12 banquet hosted by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter cost a whopping $100 per person. Another banquet, on Nov. 11, costs $75 per person. Tickets are being hawked by the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce.