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Luker asks for amendments to his bill, says didn’t intend to create a ‘sword to discriminate’

Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, proposed amending his bill. “I started thinking, as Rep. Gannon was asking some questions, about using this as a sword instead of a shield,” he said. “And Rep. Packer’s concern about how do we take care of the baker and still address that concern. And I think there’s a very simple way to address that, and I would like to suggest to the committee that we send HB 427 to general orders and insert one word at the beginning of line 25, which would be the word ‘defensively.’”

Luker said that will show that the bill would be for “use defensively, and not as a sword to discriminate. I certainly am sensitive to that, and that was never the intent of this law.” Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I have to agree as a co-sponsor, that this was not … my intent. This has to go to general orders to have that fix, and maybe other fixes that we will have.”

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, made a substitute motion to hold the bill in committee. Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, said, “I don’t think that the bill can be fixed enough to make it satisfactory.” Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, noted that the public wouldn’t get to testify on the changes; she supported Anderson’s motion, but it failed on a 5-11 vote. Luker’s motion to send HB 427 to general orders then passed on an 11-5 vote. That means the bill will go to the House’s amending order, where any member may propose changes to it.

In the 11-5 breakdown, all three committee Democrats were in the minority, along with GOP Reps. Anderson and Kelly Packer, R-McCammon.

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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