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Thu., March 29, 2012, 9:49 a.m.

House recesses to 1 p.m., heads into caucus

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene (Betsy Russell)
Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene (Betsy Russell)

The House is unexpectedly recessing until 1 p.m. for a closed-door majority caucus. Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said he wasn't planning to back off on his push for HB 670a, his bill to grant a $10 million-a-year tax credit for donations to scholarships to send Idaho kids to private schools; he maintains the big tax credit would save the state money because there would be fewer kids to educate in public schools.

"Yeah, we have procedure around here, and sometimes procedure gets in the way of good policy," Nonini said. "The Idaho Constitution says all revenue-generating measures begin in the Idaho House." Nonini said he planned to make a motion to suspend all rules interfering with immediate consideration of the bill, HB 670a, and see if he can get 47 votes, the two-thirds required to suspend rules. "I want to debate it on the floor today," Nonini declared. "It's good policy. ... If we're going to be supporters of choice in education, I think this is a good way to go about it."

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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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