Idaho House Republicans had planned to meet behind closed doors Thursday, but Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude said told the House shortly before the lunch recess that Wednesday’s health insurance exchange made a get-together unnecessary.
“After yesterday’s long debate, which I’m going to call a caucus meeting — the Democrats didn’t debate — we’re not going to have a caucus today,” said Vander Woude, R-Ada County.
Vander Woude exaggerated slightly: Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, did debate for House Bill 248 shortly after 1 p.m., just over two hours into Wednesday’s 7-hour debate.
The bill divided the House GOP as closely as mathematically possible: 28 voted for Gov. Butch Otter’s bill; 29 voted against it.