The Senate State Affairs Committee has a substantial crowd in the Capitol Auditorium this morning for its hearing on HB 117, the health care nullification bill. Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, the bill's lead sponsor, asked the panel, “Are the state agencies responsible to the federal government or to the state of Idaho? This is not a nullification bill,” he said. “It merely directs state agencies to cease work,” on anything related to the new national health care reform law. “We ask them to stop implementing this onerous bill,” Barbieri said. “If we can't take a stand on this issue, where the court has already decided in Idaho's favor, there is nothing to stop the federal government doing as it pleases when it pleases.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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