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House fails to concur in Senate amendments to HB 312a, Bedke says he’ll petition for conference committee

The House has voted to accept the recommendation from its Transportation Committee, to not concur in the Senate amendments to HB 312a, the transportation funding bill. “It is my intention to petition the body across the rotunda to convene a conference committee,” House Speaker Scott Bedke announced. He pointed representatives to House Rule 73 and Joint Rule 10 to learn about how a conference committee works; they’re rare in Idaho.

Here's the joint rule:

JOINT RULE 10

Conference Committees. -- When a bill or joint resolution passed by one house shall have been amended in the other, upon its return to the house of origin, that house may request that a conference committee be appointed to confer with a similar committee from the other house, which shall be appointed upon request directed to the presiding officer thereof. If both houses adhere to their disagreement after vote of the joint committees of conference, the bill or joint resolution shall be considered lost and report thereof made to the presiding officer of each house. If, by vote of the joint committees of conference, agreement can be reached on the amendments in controversy, the same shall be returned to the house wherein the bill or joint resolution was amended with the recommendation that it be further amended in accordance with the agreement of the committees of conference. Upon such further amendment, the bill shall be returned to the house of its origin for final action.

 


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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