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Senate backs new 'Idaho Day' holiday, sends bill to governor's desk

After a lengthy “sheepherder’s” retelling of Idaho history from Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, the Senate, like the House before it, has voted unanimously in favor of HB 378, legislation from Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, to establish a new “Idaho Day” holiday each year on March 4. It wouldn’t be a paid holiday or a day to close government offices; just a day to highlight Idaho’s history and heritage. On March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a congressional act creating Idaho Territory. After 27 years as a territory, President Benjamin Harrison signed a congressional act on July 3, 1890 establishing Idaho as the 43rd state. HB 378 now moves to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk.

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