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Thu., March 6, 2014, 4:12 p.m.

Student leaders on gun vote: ‘Who does this legislature represent?’

You can read my full story here at on today’s final passage of SB 1254, the bill to allow guns on Idaho’s public college and university campuses, though the colleges don’t want them and strenuously opposed the bill. It now goes to Gov. Butch Otter, who already has said he supports it on Second Amendment grounds.

Frustrated student leaders from the state’s campuses, who had delivered petitions with more than 3,000 signatures against the bill to lawmakers a day earlier, said lawmakers dismissed opposition from all eight public university presidents, the state Board of Education, faculty senates and student associations. “Who does this legislature represent?” asked Megan Greco, vice president of the Student Association of the College of Western Idaho. “The answer is clear: Lobbyists, and apparently, themselves.”

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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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