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House, Senate honor Youtz for 36 years of service

After 36 years of service to the state, Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz is retiring in September of 2014 – this is his last legislative session. So both the House and Senate are honoring him today with a resolution, HCR 63, lauding his service. After unanimously passing the measure, the House gave Youtz an extended ovation. Speaker Scott Bedke told Youtz, “Jeff, just let me say from the speaker’s chair how impressed I’ve been, for my whole career, of the professional way you’ve conducted yourself and that of your staff. Your staff is second to none, and they’re all very professional, and they key off of you and your professionalism. It’s been an honor for me to work with you. Thank you again.” The Senate took up the measure next; it was the Senate's last vote of this year's legislative session.

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said of Youtz, “Sometimes he was a mentor, sometimes he was a counselor, and sometimes he was just a great help. Everything he does … he does it right.”


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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