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Idaho lawmakers asked to make 2012 session dry

Wed., Dec. 28, 2011, 9:03 a.m.

BOISE — An anti-alcohol crusader has asked all 105 Idaho legislators to swear off alcohol during the 2012 legislative session.

The Idaho Statesman reports that former drunk-driving offender Scott Andrus asked the lawmakers to take an abstinence pledge in a Dec. 23 email.

He has gotten 17 responses so far, with 13 promising to abstain.

Republican Sen. Steve Blair of Blackfoot doesn’t drink. But he criticized Andrus for assuming that lawmakers “are just a bunch of heavy drinkers who abuse alcohol.”

Bair says he has not seen a single drunk lawmaker in five legislative sessions.

Andrus says Idaho government and courts rely too heavily on fees from DUI offenders and that lawmakers were too tolerant after one of their own, Sen. John McGee of Caldwell, was convicted of DUI in July.

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