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Judge To Consider Dismissing Lawsuit Against Idaho Treasurer Over Office Space

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio

Elected officials will square off in an Ada County courtroom Thursday afternoon as legislators are seeking to evict the state treasurer from the state Capitol.

House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill have been locked in a lawsuit with state Treasurer Julie Ellsworth since June over office space.

Lawmakers in 2007 gave themselves control over much of the Capitol – including the first floor, where Ellsworth’s office and the historic vault is located.

Legislators let former Treasurer Ron Crane keep his staff there on a temporary basis until he retired in 2018.

They say they need the space for more offices. Right now, many junior members of the House have cubicles, while leadership and committee chairs have personal offices.

Court filings from Ellsworth argue that Bedke and Hill weren’t authorized by the full legislature to bring the lawsuit, according to the Idaho Press.

She’s asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed. District Court Judge Nancy Baskin will consider the motion Thursday afternoon.

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