Canyon, Kootenai County GOP Officials Mull Legislator Censures For Supporting Health Exchange 

"It's kind of a formal reprimand stating you're not representing the platform and the people."

Canyon and Kootenai County Republican leaders say they're considering censures of several Idaho legislators for their "yes" votes to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that if Nampa Legislative District 12 committee members censure Rep. Rick Youngblood, "it would be the second time this year the District's committeemen have taken such a step," following March's censure of Nampa GOP Sen. Todd Lakey who also voted "yes."

"It's kind of a formal reprimand stating you're not representing the platform and the people," District 12 Chairwoman Harmony Rice told the Press-Tribune about Lakey's censure.

But not everyone agrees. District 12 precinct committeeman Joe Bell, who voted against Lakey's censure, told the Press-Tribune that it was "lunacy."

"It's just stupid politics in Canyon County," Bell told the Press-Tribune. "To censure any legislative official because of a vote, are you kidding me?"

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County's Republican Central Committee will vote this Tuesday, June 25 to consider the formal censure of state Reps. Frank Henderson, Luke Malek and Ed Morse and Sen. John Goedde, who also voted "yes" for the exchange.

Meanwhile, state officials are working feverishly to reach an Oct. 1 deadline to establish the state-managed exchange, which should be up-and-running by January 2014—about the same time that Youngblood, Lakey, Henderson, Malek, Morse, Goedde and the rest of the Idaho Legislature returns to the Statehouse.

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