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Eye On Boise

They’ll starve ‘em out

There was laughter in the House when Majority Leader Lawerence Denney made this announcement: “Since tomorrow starts the first day of our new diet, there will not be any food in the House lounge.” The House then honored its chef and assistant with a standing ovation.

Their departure increases the chances that the House will do as its leaders are hoping: Wrap up this over-long legislative session tomorrow and adjourn sine die, which means without a date to start up again this year – or, basically, for good.

However, both houses have now adjourned for the day, with plans to come back tomorrow morning. That means there’s still work to do – in addition to the highway bill, there are the remaining vetoed bills to address, the Senate has not yet taken up major water legislation, a controversial bill partially closing a tax loophole for developers still awaits amendments in the Senate, etc. Meanwhile, it’s already daylight savings time. This is now the fourth-longest legislative session in Idaho history – eclipsed only by 1967’s 89-day session, 1983’s 95 days and 2003’s record 118 days. Today is this year’s 86th day.

Eye On Boise

News, happenings and more from the Idaho Legislature and the state capital.