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‘Buy Idaho’ capitol dispute resolved

Here’s a news item from AP:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that promotes homegrown Idaho products and services will get to spread out in the recently renovated Capitol, after all. The Capitol Commission, which oversees the building, had passed guidelines restricting public events to the fourth floor. But Buy Idaho typically uses multiple floors for its annual event. It complained the new rules would prevent it from getting the word out about its members’ products. On Wednesday, the Capitol Commission agreed to grant an exception to Buy Idaho, letting it use all four floors of the Capitol rotunda come Feb. 17, the date of its exhibition in 2010. This agreement helped de-escalate a dispute over just who controlled use of the Capitol: The Capitol Commission, the Legislature or the executive branch under Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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