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Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, left, Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, center, and Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, discuss legislative issues on this week's
Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, left, Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, center, and Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, discuss legislative issues on this week's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public TV on Friday. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

On tonight's "Idaho Reports" show on Idaho Public TV, I join House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley; House Minority Caucus Chairman Bill Killen, D-Boise; Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston; BSU political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby; and host Thanh Tan to discuss the events of the week in the Legislature. During the show, Bedke dismisses the idea of a "trigger" for a gas tax hike, whether it's economic or calendar-related, saying, "We have a trigger mechanism already - it's called the legislative process." He also says that House GOP leaders want "no gas tax increase this year."

On the "After the Show" discussion, asked about the House's unilateral attempt this week to adjourn the session without a transportation deal, Bedke said, "I think what would be insulting to the taxpayer is to continue to go through the motions ... when there is a clear impasse. ... We do not have the votes to move this legislation through this year." Tune in and watch at 8 p.m. on Idaho Public TV, or after the broadcast, you can watch both the show and the "After the Show" segment online here.




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