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Nullification bill wins ‘do-pass’ vote, heads to full House

The substitute motion, to send the nullification bill, HB 117, to the full House with no recommendation, failed on a 5-14 vote. The original motion, to send it to the House with a recommendation that it pass, then passed 14-5, though a couple of votes switched; Rep. Jim Guthrie, who made the substitute motion, voted in favor of the original motion, and Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, voted against both.

Among those supporting the original motion: Rep. Erik Simpson, while thanking University of Idaho constitutional scholar David Adler for addressing the committee and saying "I really value his opinion," referred to a headline in the Christian Science Monitor saying the federal government would push ahead with health care reform despite a Florida judge's ruling. "What do we as states do with a federal government that is defying federal judges' rulings?" Simpson asked. "We must push back, we must." Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, said he objected to the first version of the nullification bill and helped the sponsors redraft the second version. He called for supporting it to "put the brakes on the implementation of an unconstitutional law." He said, "We're a plaintiff in that case and we're entitled to take advantage of a favorable ruling."

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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