Idaho bill on lawmaker replacements hits snag

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senators say they want changes to a bill on how Idaho legislators pick their emergency replacements.

Coeur d'Alene Republican Sen. Bob Nonini's plan puts the onus on lawmakers to make sure their substitutes are eligible to serve in the Legislature.

The bill comes after Republican Rep. Frank Henderson of Post Falls mistakenly appointed a replacement who lived outside his district to serve in January as the 91-year-old lawmaker recovered from a broken hip.

Leaders didn't discover the substitute wasn't eligible until weeks into the session.

Nonini says that's a situation his bill would help prevent.

Majority Leader Sen. Bart Davis suggested dumping a section of the bill leaving appointment of a substitute up to the legislator rather than the governor.

After amendment, the bill will head to the Senate floor.

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