Idaho State Legislature– Week 6

On February 11, 1920, Idaho Governor D.W. Davis delivered a speech calling for the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Here’s a look at a copy of the speech, photographed at the Governor’s Ceremonial Office while on display at the Idaho State Capitol:


(State of Idaho photo)

The Idaho Legislature celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage. In 1896, Idaho paved the way for women to become the fourth state in the nation to grant women the right to vote. On February 11, 1920, Idaho ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

District 5 State Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy spoke in the House Chamber about the suffrage movement.

Women’s suffrage has been celebrated outside of the Idaho State Capitol, as well.

Public presentations that mark the century since the ratification of the 19th Amendment – granting women the right to vote – have been ongoing in Moscow since last September as part of a lecture series hosted by the University of Idaho, Latah County Historical Society and Moscow League of Women Voters.

The Seeking Suffrage Lecture Series featured historian Rebecca Mead in January. Meade discussed “How the Vote Was Won: Women’s Suffrage in the U.S. West,” examining the factors that resulted in nearly all western women being granted the right to vote by 1914, while few women in the eastern United States voted until after the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

The Seeking Suffrage Lecture Series is hosted by the Latah County Historical Society, Moscow League of Women’s Voters, U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Honors Program and Women’s Center, with support from the Idaho Humanities Council.

More lectures, scheduled in March and April 2020, will focus on the women’s suffrage movement in Idaho and Latah County.

One other note on this history, from our story archives, as produced by our State Capitol Bureau:


(File photo: Sen. Michelle Stennett, Rep. Wendy Horman, First Lady Teresa Little, Gov. Brad Little, Janet Gallimore, executive director of Idaho State Historical Society, and Sen. Yvonne McCoy celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in Idaho. Photo by reporter Cheyenna McCurry, 2019)

Last year, reporter Cheyenna McCurry reported on the Idaho Women 100 Campaign (pictured, above), established to honor the state’s “courageous past, unlimited future” through statewide celebrations of women’s suffrage and success.

Over the past year, that campaign has indeed been involved in events all over the state. Head here for more information:

On to some of the other news from the Idaho State Legislature:


Idaho District 5 lawmakers will be back for another discussion with local constituents on February 22 at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. The last get-together was lively and well-attended (above).

Elsewhere in our coverage from the Idaho State Capitol, we have reported to you extensively in the past week on the latest debates on school content standards, taxes, and agriculture issues. Check the menu on the right-hand side of this page for those stories. A few other items of interest:

  • SCR 126 is a resolution supporting the establishment of a three-branches of government collaboration to develop and implement a statewide strategic plan to improve the behavioral health system in Idaho.
  • H 356 says that operations choosing to use certain nutrient management planners are consenting to allow such plans to be housed with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.
  • S 1250 would treat the use of certain electronic devices behind-the-wheel as an infraction.
  • S 1308 would bring Idaho Statute into compliance with the new federal regulation changing the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

There are hundreds of bills in the Idaho State Legislature still awaiting work. Leadership hopes the Legislature will adjourn by March 20, 2020.

Week 7 begins Monday, February 17, 2020.

(Reporters Cheyenna McCurry, Riley Haun, Madison Hardy, Logan Finney, and Glenn Mosley contributed to the information in this report)

Posted February 15, 2020




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