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Idaho governor faces deadline to sign, veto remaining bills

By Kathryn Haake Associated Press

BOISE– Gov. Butch Otter has until the end of Friday to approve or kill any remaining bills passed by Idaho’s Republican-controlled Statehouse this year. As of Friday morning, the third-term governor had vetoed two pieces of legislation and signed a total of 346 bills into law.

Nearly 30 bills still await his signature.

Earlier this week, Otter vetoed a bill that would have explicitly allowed the Bible to be used public schools, citing that the legislation was illegal and would result in costly litigation.

He also vetoed a proposal that would have provided community health clinics with $5.4 million to study 78,000 Idahoans who don’t qualify for medical insurance.

Last year, Otter was hit with a lawsuit after attempting to veto legislation banning lucrative gaming machines known as instant horse racing. The Idaho Supreme Court later ruled that Otter failed to veto the bill on time.

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