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Otter says he’s confident he has the votes to pass child support bill in House

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter calls a special session of the Legislature, in a news conference on Wednesday (Betsy Z. Russell)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter calls a special session of the Legislature, in a news conference on Wednesday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Asked if he believes he has enough votes to pass a new version of SB 1067, the House-rejected child support enforcement bill, Gov. Butch Otter said, “Well, I would say: Yes. I am confident. We were in hopes that we could pass out a draft today, but we still have some fine-tuning to do on that.” But before the session, he said, the proposed bill will be posted online, both on his website and on the Department of Health & Welfare’s website, “so the legislators themselves can take a look at the bill and digest it. If they need to ask questions, we’ll be ready to answer those questions.”

He added, “I can’t say for absolute certainty which chamber it’s going to start in.”

Asked how long he believes Idaho's first special legislative session since 2006 should last, Otter said, "I think it oughta be hours, not days."




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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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