Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tribune: Questioned Integrity and Apologies From the Idaho House Floor

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

After more than six hours of debate Wednesday, when members of the Idaho House stood to voice their opposition or support of a state-run health insurance exchange—and some needed more than one opportunity to speak—lawmakers made a point before packing up for the evening that they thought they had done a swell job of expressing their differences without any rancor.

But at least one legislator—freshman Lewiston Republican Rep. Thyra Stevenson—had to have her wrist slapped for what House Speaker Scott Bedke called inappropriate remarks.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Stevenson went after Lewiston Democratic Rep. John Rusche—the House minority leader—and his "integrity and motives."

Stevenson stood before the body to ask if Rusche—a former physician—wanted to make a disclosure of any conflicts. Rusche quickly responded that his employment as an insurance company medical doctor ended nearly nine years ago.

And Bedke cut Stevenson short, saying he was "uncomfortable" with Stevenson's remarks.

"I've never seen someone's integrity questioned on the House floor," Rusche told the Tribune. "To have someone from my own city do it."

Stevenson later apologized from the floor of the House, saying she had received some misinformation.

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