Hungry Senate voices discontent with long debate - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hungry Senate voices discontent with long debate

BOISE, Idaho. - The quickest way to an Idaho senator's vote may be through his or her stomach, if debate Tuesday in the Legislature is any indication.

Lawmakers spent an hour debating proposed amendments to a bill seeking to cut some $4.2 million from bus funding for public schools in fiscal year 2010 starting July 1.

It's been a contentious issue, because if the original measure would trim some $1.4 million from the Boise Independent School

District's transportation budget and because field trip bus reimbursements across Idaho would be eliminated.

As debate approached 1 p.m. and lawmakers still hadn't reached a conclusion to multiple amendments, Sen. Joe Stegner, a Lewiston

Republican leading the hearing, growled, "Is anyone else hungry?"

"Yes," the call from senators came back.

"Let's go!" Stegner called back.

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