The Senate has convened, just briefly, and then the majority went back into a closed-door caucus meeting. Senate GOP leaders said when they arrived at Gov. Butch Otter’s office, the House GOP leaders already had left. They met separately with the governor for about an hour, for what Senate Transportation Chairman John McGee, R-Caldwell, called, “more discussion about some of the ideas that have been floated around for the last 48 hours or so.” McGee said, “I’m optimistic that we’re going to get something done.” Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said the focus was on “how do we repair the flat that developed this morning and advance the issue forward. There’s been some give and take.” Now, he said, he wants to update his caucus, “then we’ll check back with the governor … and hopefully move closer to wrapping up this session.” Davis told the Senate, “Once we’ve finished our caucus, it is our intent to go back on the floor and make some decisions.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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