Sen. Dick Compton, R-Coeur d’Alene, was giving a rundown of everything North Idaho lawmakers have had to go through in the past to cadge a bit of money each year to protect water quality in the Rathdrum Prairie aquifer, and he mentioned the role Senate Finance Vice Chair Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, played in that process. Lt. Gov. Jim Risch then observed, “Sen. Keough was on the phone and didn’t hear you call her the ‘patron saint of the North.’”
Compton was speaking in favor of HB 650a, the aquifer protection district bill. His comments apparently were persuasive – the Senate passed the bill unanimously. It had earlier passed unanimously in the House, so now the bill heads to the governor’s desk.