Backers, led by Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Skip Brandt, R-Kooskia, argued that welfare isn’t what the giant department is really about any more, and makes up just a tiny portion of its services. But opponents didn’t think the change was worth it. Sen. Kent Bailey, R-Hayden, said it’d be a shame to tell Idahoans the only thing they’re getting is a bunch of new signs.
North Idaho lawmakers split in the 15-16 vote. Voting yes were Sens. Marti Calabretta, D-Osburn; Dick Compton, R-Coeur d’Alene; John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene; and Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow.
Voting no were Bailey and Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint.