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‘The provisions of this bull are…’

Word is still going around about a one-letter typo in the Statement of Purpose on the bill that the Idaho Association of Counties introduced yesterday, to deny most county-funded indigent medical care to illegal aliens.

Dan Chadwick, head of the association, didn’t have the typo in the version he brought with him as he presented the bill, but the senators on the Health & Welfare Committee did. “I had started right in deadly serious,” Chadwick recalled, when Sen. Dick Compton, the committee chairman, interrupted.

Instead of saying, “The provisions of this bill are designed to address…” the version the senators had said, “The provisions of this bull…”

Chadwick said the chairman told him, “Finally somebody that’s really honest.”

“It was pretty hilarious, actually,” Chadwick said. “Denton Darrington told me afterwards, ‘That is the funniest thing that’s happened all session.’”

The committee voted to correct the typo as it introduced the bill. After hearing about it from just about everyone for the next 24 hours, Chadwick moaned, “It is pretty funny, but why did it have to be me?”

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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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