The House Ways & Means Committee doesn’t often meet, but it met today. On the agenda for the leadership committee: Two new bills, one from House Speaker Lawerence Denney that’s a new version of controversial HB 188 (tribal gas tax negotiations), and one from Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, to require that women seeking abortions be shown ultrasound images of their unborn fetuses if such images are taken in conjunction with the abortion procedure. McGeachin said her intent was that “if a woman actually could see the picture of her unborn child, that she would make the decision to choose life.” Both bills were introduced on straight party-line votes, with the Republicans voting in favor and the Democrats voting against.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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