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BOISE — Nampa Rep. Brent Crane told a House committee Thursday that once the filing period opens to run for the Legislature, lawmakers are “obsessed” with it and can’t get anything done until it closes — so he proposed changing state law to shorten the filing period for this May’s primary from two weeks to one.

The filing period opens Feb. 28, just two and a half weeks away. The Republican's bill, HB 567, included an emergency clause to make the change effective immediately upon passage. Committee members balked at making the change so quickly, however, opting to send the bill to the House’s amending order to remove the emergency clause.

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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