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Thu., Feb. 27, 2014, 12:39 p.m.

‘Add the Words’ protesters blockade Senate committee hearing rooms, meetings being moved…

"Add the Words" protesters blockade the hallway leading to Senate committee rooms, as senators, lobbyists, and citizens waiting to testify mill around and Senate officials work to relocate the afternoon meetings (Betsy Russell)

“Add the Words” protesters are blockading the Senate garden-level hallway where committee hearing rooms are located, blocking access at both ends plus standing outside the hearing rooms themselves. Senators, lobbyists, and people waiting to attend afternoon committee hearings – including citizen activists hoping to testify on a bill to restrict payday lending – are milling around the hallway as Senate officials try to identify House hearing rooms where they can move the 1:30 committee meetings, because it could take up to an hour for the protesters to be arrested and removed.

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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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