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Wed., May 6, 2009, 4:05 p.m.

Bedke: ‘Seems to be OK conceptually’

House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, says after a House GOP caucus on Wednesday afternoon that House members
House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, says after a House GOP caucus on Wednesday afternoon that House members "seem to be OK" with the new transportation deal, at least conceptually. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

The Senate reconvened, amended HB 338, the ethanol bill, as planned, and adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. The House also has adjourned until the same time. Meanwhile, the House minority and majority caucuses have concluded, and House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said, "There are still some significant details to work out here, but everybody seems to be OK conceptually, including the House of Representatives."

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee likely will meet later tomorrow, said Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, just to approve spending authority to go along with the new revenue-raising transportation bills - the ethanol bill, DMV fees, truck trailers and truck trip permits. HB 369, which sought to pay for restoring field-trip bus funding for schools by dipping into the textbook fund for $4 million, has been sent back to JFAC, and won't advance, Cameron said, because that money can simply come from the public education stabilization fund. The field trips still will be funded.




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