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Tue., March 6, 2012, 9:29 a.m.

House defeats non-binding debt memorial after hour-long debate

The Idaho House spent close to an hour passionately debating HJM 11, Rep. Pete Nielsen's non-binding memorial calling for a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require that any increase in the federal debt would require approval from a majority of states' legislatures. Nielsen told the House, "Let's calm our fears and let's be rational. ... I know of no other approach, no other approach at all to resolve the financial crisis that our country's dealing with." But the House defeated the measure decisively on a 20-50 vote.

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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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