Gov. Butch Otter was ebullient as he entered the House chamber, greeting legislators with hugs and handshakes. His first applause line was an enthusiastic, “It’s great to be back!” He also drew a laugh by telling freshman lawmakers, “I’ll do everything I can to make sure your time here goes smoothly, and I hope you’ll do the same for me!”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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