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Mon., Feb. 10, 2014, 10:57 a.m.

Lawsuit Bill Would Circumvent AG

Sen. Curt McKenzie and Rep. Brent Crane, both Nampa Republicans, want a new law passed to specifically give the Legislature standing to sue to or intervene in lawsuits to challenge or uphold the constitutionality of state laws. McKenzie told the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning that the only example he could think of was when Idaho citizens passed a tribal gaming initiative, and some anti-gambling legislators wanted Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to sue to try to overturn it as unconstitutional. Wasden refused, saying his duty as Attorney General was to defend the laws of the state, not to challenge them/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: If the AG doesn't want to defend a state law, isn't that a good indication that there might be something wrong with the law?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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