Vote on table

Well, that was interesting. There was a bit of a parliamentary dust-up on the House floor just now, over the targeted picketing bill, HB 195, and a new version that goes after “doxing,” HB 288, that publicizes someone’s home address in an effort to get people to go there and harass them. Although HB 288 was first proposed as an alternative to HB 195, after both ended up in the House Judiciary Committee together, the committee voted to send both to the full House for consideration. This morning, House Judiciary Chair Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, asked unanimous consent to move HB 288 to general orders, the House’s amending order, to let it die there. “It is my desire to ask my colleagues to vote on but one bill on this topic,” Chaney told the House. “The other bill … is the more succinct and well-written one, with the greatest amount of committee support.”

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, objected, so Chaney made the request as a motion.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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