C. Scott Grow

Sen. C. Scott Grow, R-Eagle, argues in favor of SB 1159, the bill he sponsored to make it tougher to qualify a voter initiative for the Idaho ballot, on Friday, March 22, in the Idaho Senate.

After much debate, the Idaho Senate has passed SB 1159, the bill to make it much harder to qualify a voter initiative or referendum for the Idaho ballot, on an 18-17 vote. You can read our full report here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up Saturday's Idaho Press. Here's how the vote broke down:

Voting yes: Sens. Anthon, Bair, Burtenshaw, Cheatham, Grow, Harris, Heider, Hill, Lakey, Lee, Lodge, Mortimer, Patrick, Rice, Souza, Thayn, Vick, and Winder.

Voting no: Sens. Agenbroad, Bayer, Brackett, Buckner-Webb(Mathias), Burgoyne, Crabtree, Den Hartog, Guthrie, Johnson, Jordan, Lent, Martin, Nelson, Nye, Stennett, Ward-Engelking, and Woodward.

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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