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On The Record

They said it

“Anybody that’s new is going to be criticized.”

Anne Fox, superintendent of public instruction, who drew fire this week for leasing a luxury car, for her firings of top education officials, and for ordering telephone logs searched to pinpoint staffers who leaked information to lawmakers or the press.

Votes

Here are highlights of North Idaho lawmakers’ votes in the past week:

If WE can do it: Senators approved a memorial on a 29-5 vote urging Congress to adopt a balanced budget amendment. Voting in favor were Sens. Tim Tucker, D-Porthill; Clyde Boatright, R-Rathdrum; and Gordon Crow, R-Hayden. Voting against were Sens. Mary Lou Reed, D-Coeur d’Alene; and Marguerite McLaughlin, D-Orofino.

Just one word: A divided Senate Education Committee voted 4-3 to introduce a bill by Sen. Rod Beck, R-Boise, changing “shall” to “may” to allow school boards to refuse to negotiate with unions over teacher contracts. Sens. Tim Tucker, D-Porthill, and Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, voted against.

Leave us alone: A memorial demanding the federal government stop making mandates on states beyond those specifically spelled out in the constitution passed the Senate 27-7 and now goes to the House. Voting in favor were: Republicans Boatright and Crow. Voting against were: Democrats McLaughlin, Reed and Tucker.

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