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Senator asks for conscience bill veto

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said she's asked Gov. Butch Otter to veto HB 187, the "narrow fix" to last year's conscience law that Idaho seniors and the AARP decried, saying it doesn't protect dying patients' end-of-life care decisions. "We'd been promised a fix," Broadsword said. "I don't feel that this bill did that. I went so far as to ask the governor to veto it." She said Otter responded that he hadn't yet made up his mind, but she wasn't left with much hope. "It meant enough to me and my constituents that I went and asked," she said.

Otter so far has signed 164 bills into law, and hasn't vetoed a single one. He did allow one measure, SB 1071a on display of POW/MIA flags, to become law without his signature yesterday.

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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