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Session in review: 9th District…

It was a challenging year for lawmakers from the 9th Legislative District, a sprawling triangle that covers much of the Palouse.

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, was a freshman appointee, staying up late at night reading bills for fear that he would accidentally approve something that would hurt his district.

Like many Republicans, Sen. Mark Schoesler spent much of the session arguing unsuccessfully against bills and budgets backed by the large Democratic majority.

And shortly after the legislative session began, Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He spent the rest of the session at home in Franklin County, alternating legislative work with chemotherapy sessions.

One of the bright spots, however, turned out to be the budget.

Read print story here.

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