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House adjourns sine die at 5:19 pm; Senate still going…

Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, says farewell to Patrick McDonald, R-Boise, as the House adjourns and Bell retires after nearly 30 years. The Idaho Legislature adjourned late Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)
Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, says farewell to Patrick McDonald, R-Boise, as the House adjourns and Bell retires after nearly 30 years. The Idaho Legislature adjourned late Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

The House has now adjourned sine die, taking the vote at 5:19 p.m MT. Prior to making the motion, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, checked the time. “5:18,” he reported – the exact time that the clock runs out on the governor’s time to act on House-passed bills from this year. “Think we oughta wait one minute?”

House Speaker Scott Bedke responded, “It’s on you.”

Just seconds later, Moyle said, “It’s 5:19.” He then moved to adjourn the House sine die – without a day – meaning for the year. Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously, followed by applause.

The Senate is still going, as senators give goodbye speeches.



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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