BOISE – There was the freshman representative from Coeur d’Alene who led an insurrection among House GOP freshmen that changed the outcome of the session’s biggest issue: Gov. Butch Otter’s push to create a state-based health insurance exchange.
There was the doctor and second-term senator from Moscow whose quiet work across party lines softened the yearslong strife over Idaho’s health and human services funding, resulting in budgets with bipartisan support.
There was the longtime senator from Sandpoint whose steadfast advocacy against a statewide heavy-truck bill that North Idaho local officials staunchly opposed got the effects of the bill mitigated, even though it still passed.
North Idaho lawmakers were in the thick of the debates that shaped this year’s Idaho legislative session. Their levels of success varied, as did their levels of engagement, but the region’s delegation made its presence felt. More. Betsy Russell, SR
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