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Crowd is restive after nullification bill killed

In this blurry photo, angry nullification supporters gather around Sen. Patti Anne Lodge after the Senate State Affairs Committee killed the health care nullification building on a voice vote on Friday morning; one man slammed his hand on the wooden counter in frustration as a security guard, right, joined the group. (Betsy Russell)
In this blurry photo, angry nullification supporters gather around Sen. Patti Anne Lodge after the Senate State Affairs Committee killed the health care nullification building on a voice vote on Friday morning; one man slammed his hand on the wooden counter in frustration as a security guard, right, joined the group. (Betsy Russell)

The crowd is restive, with people milling around the Capitol Auditorium after the nullification bill was killed on a voice vote, and some forcefully confronting lawmakers. "You know we're left with no alternative but to defend ourselves," one young man told Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, before stalking away. An angry crowd briefly gathered around Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, as she stacked up her papers to leave the committee hearing; one man slammed his hand on the wooden counter in frustration as a security guard joined the group. Outside the auditorium, Lori Shewmaker, who had testified in favor of the bill shouted "coward" at senators as they left the hearing.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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