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Sali plans 'announcement'

Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali prepares to testify in the House Health & Welfare Committee on Friday on a child immunization registry bill. Sali called for sweeping changes, including new notifications to parents that immunizations
Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali prepares to testify in the House Health & Welfare Committee on Friday on a child immunization registry bill. Sali called for sweeping changes, including new notifications to parents that immunizations "would endanger the life or health of their child" and provisions protecting parents who choose "to allow their child to gain immunity from any childhood disease by being exposed to and contracting the disease." (Betsy Russell)

Former Congressman Bill Sali, who resurfaced at the Statehouse today wearing a suit, proposing wide-ranging amendments to a child-immunization registry bill, and rapidly chewing gum, has an "announcement" scheduled for 11:30 in the Statehouse rotunda on this final day of the filing period for the 2010 elections. Sali said in an e-mail that he "will make an announcement today and answer media questions;" asked what kind of announcement, he said, "show up."

Oddly, the e-mail suggests that Sali will speak for 12-1/2 hours: "The announcement will begin at 11:30 AM. Statement and questions should conclude by 12:00 AM." 12:01 a.m. would be a minute after midnight. Technically, neither noon nor midnight is a.m. or p.m. (ante- or post meridiem), but any digital clock will tell you that when the clock flips to noon, it's 12 p.m.

Reminiscent of his years in the Statehouse as a legislator, Sali was scolded by the acting committee chair in House Health & Welfare today, who at the time was Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, for arguing rather than answering a committee member's question.




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