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Fri., Feb. 21, 2014, 8:24 a.m.

Giant Salamander Gets Key Vote

The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted overwhelmingly in favor of SB 1271, the bill from a Boise 13-year-old to make the Idaho giant salamander the state’s official amphibian; the bill now moves to the full Senate. It needs passage both there and in the House and the governor’s signature to become law. Only Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton opposed the bill. He told young Ilah Hickman, “You’ve done a great job on your presentation, but I want you to understand that I’m the guy that had to say no to the Girl Scouts.” Siddoway opposed the scouts’ bill last year for a sales tax exemption for its annual cookie sale/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I'd prefer that we name as the state amphibian your average Idaho legislator. Thoughts?

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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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