At 12:36 p.m., the gavel fell in the Senate, and it adjourned sine die for the legislative session.
Perhaps the oddest moment of the Senate's closing presentations - not counting the singing, which is more typical of the House - came when Sen. Melinda Smyser, R-Parma, after sharing some Capitol history, presented Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, with a “Snuggie” made out of the curtains from the former Gold Room, which he then reluctantly and partially modeled. There were also heartfelt thank-you's, speeches and acknowledgements, and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill presented Education Committee Chairman John Goedde with a flag.
Here's the background on the “Snuggie:” Last year, Brackett presented Smyser and Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, with pink versions on the final day because they'd complained about the chilly chamber as the kinks were worked out of the new heating and cooling system, and while Smyser fled, McKague was photographed in hers and it appeared in the newspaper; today, Smyser got Brackett back.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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