House Speaker Scott Bedke surprised House members on the Wednesday of the final week of this year session with a dozen original limericks, all strictly within the bounds of House rules, and designed around the formalities of recognizing lawmakers as they present bills. started and then it turned out that Mary Lou is like a whiz, Bedke said, referring to Assistant to the Speaker Mary Lou Molitor. I gave her the last line, and she back into added, if I gave credit where it due, we would all be thanking Mary Lou. said the outbreak of rhyming was prompted by a kick House members had been on in recent days, using flowery oratory when they make their standard request to waive further reading before they begin presenting a bill. appreciate that, Bedke said. I felt that as a tension breaker, I would season my responses today on the floor with that. He noted that emotions were running high in the House. So, that prompts this:

Rep. Wendy Horman, R Idaho Falls, in an unusual move, announced to the House, taking up a collection. She brandished a stack of cash. of JFAC have already been very generous, as well as many members around me, she told the House.

With lawmakers still on the loose

´╗┐and a roundup of legislative limericks

I penned this limerick a week and a half before the close of this year Idaho legislative session, inspired by a very large Canada goose that was comfortably perched on a Statehouse window ledge, looking for all the world like it was hers and hers alone:

To show that lawmakers have pity

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Legislative Limerick No. 5: On avoiding doing nothing.

Horman said, ladies and gentlemen of the House, please help me put to rest the worries of the Arts Commission. Lawmakers anted up $210.

BOISE After the Idaho House earlier had earlier rejected the budget for the Idaho Commission on the Arts in an unrelated dispute, it voted 51 17 on Thursday in favor of a new version with just one difference: There an extra $200 in the budget for private donations for arts education projects.

Legislative Limerick No. 6: Time for sine die?

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Here my full Sunday column, from how lawmakers anted up for the arts after first killing the Idaho Commission on the Arts budget, to a roundup of nine legislative limericks from the final week and a half of the session:

Legislative Limerick No. 1: Honk, honk, honk

I wrote this limerick after a series of fits and starts in the House Health Welfare Committee, which first scheduled a meeting to consider small grant and study committee steps toward dealing with the health care gap coverage issue, then canceled the meeting in favor of working on a more comprehensive plan to actually provide coverage to those in the gap, Canada Goose Discount Constable Parka New Zealand then stepped back again and just passed the two original bills.

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, on which Horman serves, can write an identical budget after one been killed; it has to make at least some small change. Horman proposed a $100 higher amount, with the intention of taking up the collection from lawmakers; Sen. Dan Schmidt, D Moscow, one upped her, proposing $200 instead. That the budget that passed the joint committee.

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