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There was an objection...

House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, talks on the phone while the House's chief clerk, Bonnie Alexander, is forced to read an entire bill - at great length - thanks to a parliamentary maneuver by House Democrats, who oppose the bill. The measure, HB 256 sponsored by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, cuts state reimbursement to school districts for student busing costs. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, talks on the phone while the House's chief clerk, Bonnie Alexander, is forced to read an entire bill - at great length - thanks to a parliamentary maneuver by House Democrats, who oppose the bill. The measure, HB 256 sponsored by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, cuts state reimbursement to school districts for student busing costs. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

When Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, asked unanimous consent of the House to waive further reading of HB 256, the bill to cut state reimbursement to school districts for student busing costs, House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, objected. That forced the reading, out loud, of the entire bill by the chief clerk of the House, Bonnie Alexander. Rep. Steve Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, tried to interrupt and cite a different rule to interrupt the reading, but Speaker Lawerence Denney ruled that since there was an objection, the bill must be read in full. So it's still being read... Democrats object to the funding cut.




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