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With dual-waiver health care bill back to full House, focus turns to likely votes for, against…

House Health & Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood, right, talks with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, left, in a Capitol hallway after the House panel sent Otter's health care bill back out to the full House, from which it had been pulled two weeks earlier without a vote. (The Spokesman-Review / Betsy Z. Russell)
House Health & Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood, right, talks with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, left, in a Capitol hallway after the House panel sent Otter's health care bill back out to the full House, from which it had been pulled two weeks earlier without a vote. (The Spokesman-Review / Betsy Z. Russell)

In the hallway of the Capitol’s garden level just a few minutes ago, House Health & Welfare Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, came striding toward Gov. Butch Otter, who was outside the entrance to the Capitol cafeteria. “Your bill’s up on 2nd Reading tomorrow, so you’d better get the votes,” Wood told Otter, adding, “You said you had ‘em.”

Otter’s response? “I’m not talking about it in front of those two,” pointing to myself and another reporter, Seth Ogilvie of Idaho Public Television. The two then turned into the dining room together.



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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