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Motion to delay defeated on party-line vote

“I've received more email on this bill than any other bill in my years in the Legislature,” Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, told the Senate, debating in favor of the motion to delay SB 1108. “We need more time to look at this. … We need more time. What is the rush?”

Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who repeatedly objected to debate that was offered by Democratic senators on the motion that Davis said was actually debate on the bill, said Bock's argument - great public interest - is a reason to vote on the bill now. “I urge you to vote against the motion,” he said.

Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, said, “To me it's astounding that this legislation has come this far and the changes that have been made to it are so minor, in the face of the overwhelming opposition that we have received on this bill.” Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, said, “In four weeks, we rushed through this without any stakeholder input into this process. … Get the process in place to do this thing right, and that is to have input from those who are going to be affected by this.”

Sen.. Curtis McKenzie, R-Nampa, said, “At the end of the day, our job here is to make decisions on things that come before this body. … We have had more input on this than any bill that I know, and we have had historically large hearings on this bill. Never before in our state history have we had or even been able to have as large of hearings as we've had this legislative session. I'm proud of that. … It's time for us to do our job and make a decision.”

Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, said, “I think it would be a very positive thing to delay this bill, so that we can get our arms around all three of these bills, frankly.” The motion to delay debate of SB 1108 indefinitely then was defeated on a straight party-line vote, 7-28.

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

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