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Bateman proposes annual ‘Idaho Day’ each March 4

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lawmakers are considering making appreciation of Idaho an annual event. Rep. Linden Bateman proposed legislation to name March 4 "Idaho Day," addressing members of the House Education Committee with a miniature Idaho flag sticking out of the breast pocket of his suit. March 4 marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing the Idaho Territory into law in 1863. Bateman, an Idaho Falls Republican, said the statewide jubilation surrounding Idaho's sesquicentennial last year inspired him to propose a yearly celebration. His bill specifies that the new commemoration wouldn't mean the closing of any state or local government offices; the House Education Committee voted unanimously to introduce the bill. If it ultimately becomes law, Idaho Day could become a new state tradition in 2015.

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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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