There’s a very big crowd for this afternoon’s hearing on the governor’s health insurance exchange bill, SB 1042. David Hensley, the governor’s chief of staff, is giving an overview of the bill now. Before he began, Senate Commerce Chairman John Tippets, R-Montpelier, told the audience, “We’d like to welcome everyone who’s here today. Frankly, I’m pleased that we have a large group. … I suspect we have some differences of opinion among you.”
Tippets said the bill’s sponsors will speak first, and “then I’ve invited Wayne Hoffman, who’s one of the primary opponents of the bill.” After that, the public will testify. The hearing will continue on Thursday, assuming it’s not completed today. “It may go beyond Thursday, but maybe not as well,” Tippets said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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