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House grinds to halt amid fears of notary bill, United Nations

Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, holding a copy of the Idaho Constitution, discusses her move Monday to force the full reading of a lengthy bill to update Idaho’s notary laws. (Betsy Z. Russell)
Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, holding a copy of the Idaho Constitution, discusses her move Monday to force the full reading of a lengthy bill to update Idaho’s notary laws. (Betsy Z. Russell)

The Idaho House ground to a halt Monday as a handful of lawmakers fearful about international implications of a bill updating Idaho’s notary laws.

The move forced an hour-plus reading of the 21-page bill before lawmakers approved it with just seven “no votes.

After freshman Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, objected to waiving the requirement to read the bill – a standard step before debate – her colleagues voted to make her read the bill herself, which she did, standing at the podium at the front of the House where the clerk normally stands.

“Sometimes when you do something like that, your friends get frustrated with you and it doesn’t help your cause,” said House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, after the House wrapped up its hours-long afternoon session around 5 p.m., roughly two hours later than planned. “I think that frustrated some.”

Giddings said afterward that her concern was not just with the bill, but with the way the House routinely waives the constitutional requirement for full readings. “I ran on a platform to uphold the Idaho Constitution, and that is all that I did today – nothing more, nothing less,” she said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.




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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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