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Capitol in turmoil

The whole state capitol is in turmoil, with lobbyists, agencies and legislators scrambling to see if their bills have been vetoed, House and Senate members pointing fingers at each other, and everyone who thought they were about to go home going nuts instead. To top it all off, state officials have discovered a last-minute error in already-passed legislation on the Nez Perce water rights agreement, and now have to rush through a correction – which has to pass both houses and receive the governor’s signature today, the deadline for final approval of the agreement. Meanwhile, Rep. JoAn Wood, the House Transportation chairwoman whose committee kicked off the mayhem yesterday by sidetracking the governor’s roads bill, remained intransigent as of a few minutes ago. Asked if her committee will be meeting again soon, she said, “We would if we had anything to do.” Here’s the list of the vetoed House bills: HB 280, 188a, 70, 277, 68, 54, 193 and 38.

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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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