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JEERS: What-me-care Otter, Denney

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives JEERS to ... Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Secretary of State Lawerence "Boss" Denney:

"If they won't defend their constitutional authority, who will? Idaho's executive branch has been abdicating its prerogatives to 105 state lawmakers who are showing less respect toward the courts, cities and counties and even voters. Case in point: The Legislature's ability to nullify rules and regulations drafted by executive agencies - regardless of what any other governor thinks about it.

The Idaho Supreme Court has given its consent. But nothing stops Otter or future governors from returning to court and asking for another review. Unless lawmakers can imbed their rule-making power within Idaho's constitution. They attempted doing just that two years ago. But for the first time since 1984, Idaho voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment. This year, lawmakers arrogantly put the amendment back on the November ballot. So what did Otter and Denney say? Otter urged his fellow constitutional officers on the State Land Board to endorse it. Added Denney: "I think it's a great idea to put it in the Constitution."

Once again, Otter has passively decided to go along with the Legislature. along. And Denney acts as if he's still sitting in the House speaker's chair. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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