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Rolaids for Reagan

The House State Affairs Committee was so enthusiastic about a resolution to declare “Ronald Reagan Day” on Feb. 6, the day the former GOP president will turn 93, that the panel decided to send the bill to the full House without even waiting for a hearing.

Just one Democrat, Rep. Elaine Smith of Pocatello, voted against the move. But then Boise Democrat David Langhorst asked if he could change his vote, prompting GOP Chairman Bill Deal of Nampa to ask, “Maybe a little bit of heartburn over this bill?”

Deal suggested Rolaids, and Rep. Janet Miller, R-Boise, volunteered, “I have some in my desk.”

Rather than bite, Langhorst changed his vote. “I would’ve been glad to vote for it as a courtesy, but I have some constituents who would not like me supporting something without a public hearing,” he explained.

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

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