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He tried everything

Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, had plenty of arguments to offer in favor of his bill to ban restaurant smoking during a passionate debate that ran for three hours in the Senate on Friday. Here’s one that got a chuckle from other senators: Hill brandished a report, and said, “It links second-hand tobacco smoke with male sexual impotence. Now if that doesn’t get you to vote for this bill, I don’t know what will.”

In the end, Hill’s legislation, SB 1283, passed the Senate on a 22-13 vote, though most North Idaho senators voted against it.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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