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‘Add the Words’ hearing resumes, 3-minute time limit in effect for testimony

At the opening of this morning’s hearing on HB 2, the “Add the Words” bill regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, announced, “We’ll be using a timer today. … We’re really appreciate it if you’d hold your remarks own to three minutes or less.” He said, “We have heard an awful lot of testimony. … We’ve been lectured, we’ve been preached to, we’ve had a number of things happen here. But please, be very concise in your testimony.” He said this morning’s hearing will run until 11:30, and then the committee will resume taking testimony from 3-5 p.m. Asked by a reporter if the committee will vote on the bill today, Loertscher said, “Probably not.”

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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