Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, debating for the first time, told the Senate, “I debated on whether I would debate, and I promise my remarks will be brief.” He said, “We all know in chambers this will be a split vote. … I believe if we were to debate for another 5 minutes or another 5 hours, I doubt the needle would be appreciably moved on this issue.” Guthrie said, “I would like to talk about the common ground. … I think we recognize the troubling nature of this federal policy.” The “real issue,” he said, is “how do we work together to mitigate that federal law. … The bottom line is we just differ on what the best solutions are, and there are no easy answers.”
Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, said, “I for one will not abdicate my responsibility as an officer of this state, a member of this Senate body , to anyone else other than myself, so I will be voting in favor of the legislation to set up a state exchange for the citizens of Idaho in accordance with the laws of Idaho and the freedoms and autonomy that we enjoy.”
With that, debate finally was over; Sen. John Tippets, R-Montpelier, is now giving his closing debate.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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