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House State Affairs votes unanimously to hold grounds use rules for now

Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, looks through the proposed list of new rules regarding demonstrations and the public use of the Capitol Mall grounds Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013 in the House State Affairs Committee meeting at the Statehouse in Boise.  (AP/Idaho Statesman / Darin Oswald)
Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, looks through the proposed list of new rules regarding demonstrations and the public use of the Capitol Mall grounds Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013 in the House State Affairs Committee meeting at the Statehouse in Boise. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Darin Oswald)

The House State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously in favor of one of the three dockets of rules, the one regarding the interior of the buildings in the Capitol Mall, but that wasn’t the controversial one. The other two dockets, regarding use of the exterior grounds, both will be held for at least a few days. “I think there are still some questions to be answered with respect to what the Senate did, the pending litigation,” said Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, who made the motion to hold off on voting on either of the other two dockets. Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder, spoke in favor of Crane’s motion. “I know that I have some questions regarding the lawsuit, accepting or rejecting, to see the implications, and I would like to seek some advice from legal counsel before I make a decision,” she said.

Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, said he has concerns over a number of the provisions and their impact on freedom of speech, along with concerns over how financial liability provisions are written.

The vote was unanimous. After the vote, Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona,said, "It will be done," and he thanked the members of the public who came to testify today. The rules will come back up at a time chosen by the chairman.




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