The Idaho House just voted unanimously for a resolution honoring the Boise State Broncos on their Fiesta Bowl win. HCR 7 passed on a unanimous, 68-0 vote. During the debate on the resolution, Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, sang a line from the state song, “Here We Have Idaho.” House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, stood and draped a lighted, blue and orange feather boa around her shoulders and waved an orange and blue pompon. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, called the Bronco win “a victory that reflects the entire state,” but noted that the song Nielsen sang “was written by a Vandal.” Amid laughter, House Speaker Lawerence Denney said, “That’s non-debatable,” as House Majority Leader Mike Moyle rose to talk. “I was gonna object,” Moyle said, before telling his own story of going to the game and even getting high-fives and hugs afterward from Oklahoma fans.
New Rep. Branden Durst, D-Boise, said as a graduate student at BSU, he’s seen how great the institution is from the inside. “I think if they cut me open my blood would be blue all the way through,” he said, adding, “I hope that Boise State and the other universities in the state of Idaho are given the opportunity to shine not only on the athletic field but in the academic arena as well.”
As the voting board lit up with green lights for the “yes” votes, one, that of Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, briefly lit up red. Harwood laughed and quickly changed it to green, and it was unanimous.