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Crowd is restive after nullification bill killed

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

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