Idaho Legislature adjourns after 81 days

Idaho Legislature adjourns after 81 days

Credit: Troy Colson/KTVB

The Idaho House of Representatives

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 12:44 AM

BOISE -- The Legislature adjourned after 81 days punctuated by intense debate on mandatory ultrasound, ousting Occupy Boiser protesters from state land and $35 million in tax relief for corporations and top earners that passed in the final hours.

The ultrasound bill died in the House without hearing.

Occupiers' tents remain at the old Ada County Courthouse.

But tax cuts cleared the Senate Thursday in a package negotiated with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter that included $35 million to restore teacher salaries and $34 million in rainy-day savings.

Democrats objected to the cuts.

But Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill was excited to finish a session with an Idaho taxpayer-generated surplus -- a marked departure from the previous recession-dominated years when lawmakers slashed budgets or relied in federal stimulus to shore them up.

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