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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2013, 3:07 P.M.

Senate OKs Exchange 23-12

Eye on Boise reports: The Senate has voted 23-12 in favor of SB 1042, the governor's state health insurance exchange bill. The measure now moves to the House side. Here's how the senators voted:

Voting yes:  Sens. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot; Les Bock, D-Boise; Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson; Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise; Dean Cameron, R-Rupert; Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls; John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene; Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon; Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian; Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls; Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint; Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello; Todd Lakey, R-Nampa; Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston; Fred Martin, R-Boise; Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls; Jim Rice, R-Caldwell; Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow; Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum; John Tippets, R-Montpelier; and Elliot Werk, D-Boise.

Voting no:  Sens. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise; Branden Durst, D-Boise; Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian; Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston; Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa; Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls; Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene; Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood; Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth; Steven Thayn, R-Emmett; Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens; and Chuck Winder, R-Boise.

Question: Is this vote an indication that the Idaho Senate hasn't been taken over by the Uber-Cons?

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