A guide to the ma­jor changes com­ing to Trea­sure Val­ley in 2019

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOHN SOW­ELL jsow­[email protected]­hostates­man.com

Next year should be an event­ful one for the Trea­sure Val­ley.

For the first time in a dozen years, Idaho will have a new gover­nor. Brad Lit­tle, who spent the past decade serv­ing as lieu­tenant gover­nor and who was a mem­ber of the Leg­is­la­ture for eight years be­fore that, suc­ceeds Butch Ot­ter in the state­house.

The three-mem­ber Ada County Com­mis­sion will turn Demo­cratic and will fea­ture two new faces, both women. Boise State may get a new pres­i­dent. Down­town will get new of­fice and res­i­den­tial build­ings. Zoo Boise will open two new ex­hibits. Vot­ers in Trea­sure Val­ley ci­ties will elect lead­ers in Novem­ber.

Here’s a quar­ter-by-quar­ter guide to what’s com­ing:

JAN­UARY - FE­BRU­ARY MARCH

Leg­is­la­ture meets: Lit­tle will be sworn in on the south steps of the Capi­tol at noon on Fri­day, Jan. 4, as Idaho’s 33rd gover­nor.

The Idaho Leg­is­la­ture con­venes on Mon­day, Jan. 7, when Lit­tle will give his ini­tial State of the State ad­dress.

Law­mak­ers are ex­pected to grap­ple with Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion ap­proved by Idaho vot­ers in Novem­ber. The Leg­is­la­ture will have to de­cide how to pay for the state’s share of new spend­ing. Other states have done that with taxes on sales, al­co­hol, hos­pi­tals and health in­surance com­pa­nies.

Novem­ber’s elec­tion ush­ered in other new state of­fi­cials too. Jan­ice Mcgeachin will suc­ceed Lit­tle as lieu­tenant gover­nor. Julie Ellsworth will be­come state trea­surer, suc­ceed­ing Ron Crane, who served since 1999 and did not run for re-elec­tion.

Ada County Com­mis­sion changes: For the first time, women will make up the ma­jor­ity of the three-mem­ber board. Diana La­chiondo and Ken­dra Kenyon, both Democrats, won races in Novem­ber. Kenyon de­feated for­mer Com­mis­sioner Sharon Ull­man, who had de­feated in­cum­bent Dave Case in the Repub­li­can pri­mary in May. La­chiondo, Boise Mayor Dave Bi­eter’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, de­feated in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Jim Tibbs af­ter say­ing com­mis­sion­ers hadn’t

DARIN OSWALD [email protected]­hostates­man.com

Brad Lit­tle cel­e­brates his elec­tion as gover­nor in Novem­ber. He will be sworn in at the Capi­tol at noon Fri­day. The Leg­is­la­ture will con­vene on Mon­day, Jan. 7, when Lit­tle will give his ini­tial State of the State ad­dress. Jan­ice Mcgeachin will suc­ceed Lit­tle as lieu­tenant gover­nor.

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