No-confidence vote targets Little, House GOP members over library bill

Idaho Republicans called out 14 GOP House members for blocking a bill to ban public and school libraries from distributing materials deemed “harmful to minors.”

And with one change, made on the fly, Republicans also called out GOP Gov. Brad Little.

The no-confidence vote took place at a GOP Central Committee summer meeting in Challis over the weekend. But the flap dates back to April 5.

That’s when Little vetoed House Bill 314 — in part, he said, because the bill would have allowed parents to pursue fines of up to $2,500, creating a “bounty system.”

The following day, the House voted 46-24 to override Little’s veto, falling a vote short of the two-thirds majority needed for override.

The no-confidence vote covers the 14 House Republicans who sided with Little and opposed the override: Reps. Matthew Bundy of Mountain Home; Richard Cheatum of Pocatello; Chenele Dixon of Kimberly; Rod Furniss of Rigby; Dan Garner of Clifton; Greg Lanting of Twin Falls; Lori McCann of Lewiston; Stephanie Mickelsen of Idaho Falls; Jack Nelsen of Jerome; James Petzke of Meridian; Jerald Raymond of Menan; Mark Sauter of Sandpoint; Kenny Wroten of Nampa; and Julie Yamamoto of Caldwell.

Republicans also voted to extend the no-confidence vote to Little.

The resolution can be found here, on Page 9 of the meeting packet.

Read more: Additional coverage from the Republican central committee meeting, from Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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