Legislative Update: Tensions Boil Over In The Idaho House

Mar 10, 2017

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Frustrations boiled over this week in the Idaho House, as conservative lawmakers tried to make a stand against their fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

The House came to a standstill not once, but twice this week, as a small group, which includes some north Idaho Republicans, used procedural moves in favor of one bill and against another. Both times, their attempts failed and revealed the cracks in the GOP between the very conservative members and the more mainstream Republican leadership.

Boise State University Professor Gary Moncrief  sat down to listen to some of what happened in the House Wednesday. A few lawmakers were upset that a bill was stuck in the House Ways and Means Committee and tried to force it to the House Floor.

We start our 2017 Weekly Legislative Update with sound of House Majority Leader Mike Moyle explaining to lawmakers why that was NOT a good idea.

Moncrief says the Idaho Legislature is still planning to wrap up and go home two weeks from Friday, if lawmakers can get through their backlog of bills.

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