House Assistant Minority Leader Elfreda Higgins, D-Garden City, said 10 minutes ago, House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, came to her office and told her that tomorrow morning's hearing on the pre-abortion ultrasound bill, SB 1387, has been canceled and the committee won't hear the bill - which would mean it's dead. (Later, however, Loertscher said there's not yet been a decision on whether the bill will receive a hearing.) House Republicans have been in a closed-door caucus, and are still in there; Kerry Uhlenkott of Idaho Right to Life, a leading backer of the bill, is waiting nervously outside and had no comment. The committee secretary has confirmed that tomorrow morning's meeting has been canceled; House State Affairs won't meet at all tomorrow.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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