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Coalition of Liberals and Conservatives Save Taxpayers $1 Million

Posted by Adam Graham on March 21, 2007

Give Credit where credit is due. The Idaho legislature voted 34-33 to kill a bill that would have created a $1 million corporate welfare bill for fill makers shooting in Idaho. (click here to read more about the proposal.)

The vote was interesting for how it broke down. An odd hodpodge coalition of Republicans and Democrats nailed the bill in a vote that required Lawrence Denney’s vote to break a tie.

The vast majority of Ada County Democrats favored the bill, the exceptions being District 16’s Les Bock and Margaret Henbest, as well as my own Rep. Branden Durst (D-Boise.)

Here’s the roll call and it’s just fascinating for the colors and flavors in this:

AYES — Anderson, Bell, Black, Block, Boe, Bradford, Chadderdon,
Chavez, Chew, Collins, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hart, Jaquet, Killen,
King, LeFavour, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Pence, Ring, Ringo,
Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shively, Smith(30),
Snodgrass, Thayn, Wills
NAYS — Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bilbao, Bock, Bolz, Brackett, Clark,

Crane, Durst, Hagedorn, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Kren, Labrador,
Lake, Loertscher, Luker, Marriott, Mathews, Mortimer, Moyle, Nonini,
Raybould, Roberts, Shepherd(8), Shirley, Smith(24), Stevenson, Vander
Woude, Wood(27), Wood(35), Mr. Speaker

If I could find one way to characterize the vote, it seems to me that most Ada Dems supported it out of affinity with Hollywood. Most Ada Republicans (exception Mark Snodgrass) opposed it either for idealogical reasons or because Ada County isn’t a likely filming spot so would get little or any of the minimal benefit. Though, one has to marvel at the mechanations of the vote that will put Phil Hart and Nicole LeFavour on on one side against Margaret Henbest, Mike Moyle, and Speaker Denney.


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