Thursday, February 16, 2012

Attempt to Attach Add the Words to Prison Bill Blocked by Senate

Sen. Nicole LeFavour proposal gaveled down by Lt. Gov. Brad Little

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.

Idaho Public Television's live legislative feed of this morning's Senate proceedings was disrupted when a main computer crashed, freezing the transmission.

The crash occurred at an inopportune moment when Boise Sen. Nicole LeFavour unsuccessfully tried to attach the Add the Words measure to a pending bill regarding the Dept. of Correction. Just as LeFavour was debating her motion with Senate Republicans, the feed went to black.

"There is absolutely no way that the legislature controls what we do," Dave Thomason, who oversees the IPTV's Statehouse feed told Citydesk. "They can't censor us one bit. We control it all."

Thomason wants viewers to know that a complete archive of this morning's activity on the Senate floor is available at the broadcasters' website.

ORIGINAL POST 11:15 a.m.

Senate Bill 1215 would amend Idaho law regarding "the escape or rescue of prisoners," but Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour stood before her colleagues on the Senate floor this morning in an attempt to amend the legislation by attaching the recently killed Add the Words measure, which would afford equal human-rights protections based on sexual orientation.

Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Winder said that LeFavour's proposed amendment was not germane, in that the motion would create a bill on two very different subjects.

But LeFavour aligned the two matters.

"We're addressing public safety and security," countered LeFavour.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bart Davis objected.

"I don't believe the court could sustain the proposition that we're dealing with," said Davis.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who presides over the Senate as part of his constitutionally mandated duties, ultimately ruled against LeFavour.

"The Constitution trumps everything," said Little. "It's a very slippery slope given the very weak nexus that is here."

Within seconds, Idaho Public Television's live feed of the Senate floor froze and went to black.

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