The House has voted 49-20 in favor of HB 117, the health care nullification bill. In his closing debate, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said in his closing debate, “Now is the time. If Idaho is to stand for its sovereign rights, it must do so by every peaceful means. … The federal government must be restrained.” The bill now moves to the Senate side for consideration/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
- Randy Stapilus: "Plain facts misunderstood, to a truly eye-rolling degree, led today in the Idaho House to some of the most peculiar and poorly thought-out legislative debate we’ve ever heard on the floor of a legislative chamber in the region." More here.
- How they voted/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
- Kevin Richert's live coverage of nullification debate
Question: Stapilus concludes his commentary today by wondering whether its time for radical Idaho House members to introduce a secession bill. Would you put it past them?