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Debate: ‘They’re not able to transport their products’

From the House debate on SB 1117, the statewide heavy-trucks bill:

Rep. Kelly Packer, R-McCammon, said, “We have many people who have their hands tied right now in commerce, in the commerce industry, because they’re not able to transport their products.”

Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, said, “It was people from the north who brought the bill and asked for the opportunity to have these routes.”

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I appreciate the ability for local jurisdictions to make a decision on other than state highways. … Highway 95, that is a state highway, and that is not what we’re talking about. ... I will be supporting this bill.”

Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, said, “We’re not going to allow heavy trucks on highways that don’t have the ability to carry that kind of weight. I just don’t see that happening.”

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, said, “The city of Moscow has weighed in, and they would not like to see these heavy trucks rumbling through downtown Moscow.”

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