Sine Die! Legislature Adjourns
The Idaho Legislature has adjourned after 81 days. Yesterday marked the final day in a session that included intense debate on mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and efforts to oust Occupy Boise protesters from state land. The ultrasound bill failed while protesters tents remain at the old Ada County Courthouse. It was an emotional day for Idaho’s lawmakers as this year’s session came to a close. And there are many legislators who will not be returning next year after many years of serving in the legislature. The House of Representatives adjourned sine die just before 3 p.m. yesterday and four hours later the Senate adjourned. Representative Max Black of Boise said it’s been an emotion-filled year. Black has served his district for 20 years and this year he walked out of the Idaho statehouse Thursday afternoon for the last time. It’s the same situation for Blackfoot Representative and Chairman of the Revenue Tax Committee, Dennis Lake who said this session was overall productive, despite some of his sponsored legislation not making it far. On the other side of the Capitol Senator Nicole Lefavour of Boise is also moving on this year with her eyes set on Congress. She will be taking on 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson in the November election. Around 30 representatives and nine senators retired during this year’s sine die.