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House, Senate memorialize former members

The House memorializes former members who've died in the past year. Similar ceremonies took place Monday in both the House and Senate. (Betsy Russell)
The House memorializes former members who've died in the past year. Similar ceremonies took place Monday in both the House and Senate. (Betsy Russell)

Today is the day that the House and Senate memorialize former representatives and senators who have passed away in the past year. The House gallery is full, where popular former seven-term Rep. Reed Hansen is among those being memorialized; he died on the last day of last year's session. Also being memorialized today in the House are Bruce Sweeney, who served in both the House and Senate; Wayne Meyer, a five-term representative from Rathdrum; Carol Pietsch of Sandpoint, who served one term; Rich Orme, who served two terms; former three-term Rep. S. Lynn Loosli, Charles F. Cook of St. Maries, and John Wilkins Batt Jr. of Canyon County. In the Senate, Sweeney is the sole honoree. A Democrat from Lewiston whose legislative service spanned two decades and who most recently served on the Idaho Transportation Board, Sweeney died of cancer in August.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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