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Fri., March 22, 2013, 10:09 a.m.

House debate: ‘This is gaming the system’

From the debate in the House on SB 1108, the bill on initiatives and referenda:

Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise: “This is gaming the system. This is saying we think the result will be bad, so we’ll just take away from people’s rights, and that’ll work for us. … It’s probably the most hurtful piece of legislation with respect to voting and exercising the people’s rights that I have seen.”

Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian: “I hold this office only for the convenience of my constituents. ... I won’t do anything to prevent them from running their own bills.”

Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs: “We have heard here that we shouldn’t disenfranchise any citizen from signing a referendum or an initiative. ... If a person doesn’t know what legislative district they’re in, maybe they shouldn’t have a great influence on initiatives and referendums.”

Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree: "I don't feel like the timing on this bill coming out is relevant to the propositions." She noted that she serves on the Agriculture Committee, and said, "If something came forward that would affect that industry, I certainly would hope that at least 18 Idaho legislative districts would have a say in that."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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