Senate Majority Bart Davis, reading from Mason’s Rules, said his interpretation is that for the conference committee to reach an agreement, its report must be signed by a majority of the members from each house – not just a majority of the committee. That’s because a conference committee isn’t really a joint committee; it’s a joint meeting of two committees. Since there are six members, three from each house, that means two senators and two House members must sign on to any agreement.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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