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Reading cut off after lawmakers offended

Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, objected to the full reading of the sex offender registration bill, saying its language was offensive - it included wording about crimes of a sexual nature. “Having the clerk have to get up and read that, that's ridiculous,” Wood said. “I think it's cruel to her to make her read that, and it's certainly not something we want to go out on TV.” Wood added, “It's bad enough we have to deal with it in committee. Everybody doesn't have to have their nose rubbed in it.”

The reading continued, but then Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, rose and said he thought the full reading of this particular bill was “inappropriate,” and asked unanimous consent to waive further reading of the bill. This time, Democrats didn't object. The bill was then presented by its sponsor, Rep. Julie Ellsworth, R-Boise, and quickly passed on a unanimous vote.


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

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