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House OKs $200,000 Legal Defense

The House has voted 53-16 in favor of setting up a $200,000 legal defense fund for the Legislature, funded from the state's general tax funds and controlled by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tem of the Senate. “It is for any time that they should happen to need outside legal counsel,” House Appropriations Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told the House. Minority Democrats spoke out against the bill. “This is a really interesting and I think wrong-headed precedent that we're setting here … and appropriating what's really a significant amount of money,” said Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise. “We already have a constitutionally elected officer in an office that handles these matters, and so we pay for that. So to have duplicative efforts like this definitely represents a growth of government, and I don't think it's prudent”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Doesn't this legislation show a lack of confidence in the voter-approved attorney general?

Bonner General Workers Win $200K

Recipients of a $200,000 winning lottery ticket have no plans to quit their jobs at Bonner General Hospital. The 12 people who pitched in 10 bucks apiece as part of a co-op ticket heard Thusday morning that their Idaho Powerball ticket was a prizewinner. It was not the jackpot, the pie-in-the-sky utopia of shining tickets, but it worked, said Dave Flatt, one of the Sandpoint ticket holders. “I’m a little richer,” Flatt said. He was chosen as spokesperson for the group of hospital workers who each won $11,200 after taxes, he said. Many of the winners did not want to be identified/Ralph Bartholdt, Bonner County Bee. More here. (Illustration credit: KTVB)

Question: Do you pool your money with others in your office or family to play Idaho Powerball or the other lotteries? Or do you go it alone? Or do you even play the lottery?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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