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Conference committee could be named tonight, meet tomorrow afternoon…

Shortly after the Senate State Affairs Committee vacated it, top House and Senate GOP leaders began filtering into the small conference room next to Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill’s office, to hear House Speaker Scott Bedke’s petition for a conference committee.

Before the door closed, Hill said, “If we receive the request, we’ll probably go to caucus to see what the will of the caucus is. I suspect that we would accept that request.” He added, “If we receive a request tonight, we’ll probably act on it tonight.”

Both the House and Senate would need to name their appointees to the conference committee; then, the House chairman, from whose house the bill, HB 312a, originated, would name the place and time, and the Senate chairman would preside. Asked when a conference committee would be likely to convene, Bedke said, “I think if we get our act together, tomorrow afternoon. It won’t be tonight.”

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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