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And then there was this study…

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, was right in the middle of his debate against the smoking bill when suddenly Rep. Kathy Skippen’s computer began blaring out the theme to Indiana Jones, right into the House P.A. system.

Skippen couldn’t get it to stop, though Harwood was mid-way through his comments.

Once another representative managed to shut down the blaring fanfare from Skippen’s computer, House Speaker Bruce Newcomb told Harwood, “Sorry for the interruption, good gentleman from (District) 2, but nobody was listening anyway.”

Harwood responded with good humor, “Mr. Speaker, I think there’s more truth to that than not.”

Later, Newcomb apologized, saying the comment wasn’t personal to Harwood. “It’s just when people start citing studies and it gets late, you can kinda see people’s eyes glaze over,” he said.

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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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