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Otter: 'We do have a short term solution'

Gov. Butch Otter joins with lawmakers at a press conference at the close of the legislative session on Friday afternoon. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Gov. Butch Otter joins with lawmakers at a press conference at the close of the legislative session on Friday afternoon. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Opening his press conference at the close of the legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter said he wanted to "run over" some of what happened, then stopped himself, amid laughter, saying perhaps that wasn't the best phrase. "I've already signed 313 pieces of legislation," he said. Six more became law without his signature; he vetoed 36, "only three were for cause," and more await action on his desk. "So we have had a lot of accomplishments and a lot of work," Otter said. "Obviously the fact that we finished 117 days as of today ... No other session in the history of the state was confronted with the problems and the surprises that the first session of the 60th Legislature was confronted with this year." So, he said, "My congratulations to the legislative leadership, my congratulations to the House and the Senate for the work that's been completed. Obviously, we've got a lot of work to do in the next seven months." On transportation, he said, "I believe we're in agreement that we do have a short-term solution only." Two state task forces will have to come up with the longer-term answers, he said.




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