Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, just told the Senate that he thinks the debate will continue for several more hours. Everyone looked at each other. That seems fairly unlikely at this point; the Senate has been debating now for just under five hours.
Nonini read extensively from various sources to back up his arguments against the bill and his belief that it will increase rather than decrease costs. “I could go on and on, Mr. Chairman,” he said, “I think I’ll have that opportunity, as many of us will be debating the bill for a second time.” He urged senators, who appear to be leaning in favor of the bill by a comfortable majority, to vote against it “if there is a reasonable doubt in your minds.” Nonini said his questions haven't been answered. “I'm not ready to jump off that cliff,” he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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