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Fair Enough

Posted by Adam Graham on January 31, 2007

The Community College bill goes ahead with a slight change:

Gov. Butch Otter’s bill to make it easier to form a community college district got introduced this morning – but with a change. Otter had originally proposed lowering the supermajority to form a district from two-thirds to 60 percent if the vote takes place at a primary or general election. House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, said he researched Idaho election turnout figures. “There has never been a primary election in the last 30 years that has come close to having 50 percent of the registered voters voting,” Nonini said. “I went to the governor myself and said, ‘I have a problem,’” Nonini said, adding that it was the governor’s chief of staff, Jeff Malmen, he contacted. Nonini proposed lowering the supermajority only at general elections.

“Jeff Malmen said he was fine with that change, so we took out the primary and left it the general,” Nonini said.

I’d be okay with the primary because I think people reasonably know there should be an election in May, but if it’s what it takes to get a bill passed, let’s get it done.

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