BOISE - A proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants is likely dead for the year after a group of lawmakers broke out in turmoil during a last-minute attempt to advance the bill.
Republican Sen. Tony Potts on Monday asked the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to give HB 577 a hearing. However, Potts was quickly gaveled down while defending his motion by Sen. Lee Heider, chairman of the panel.
Instead, Heider instructed the panel to meet privately to discuss Potts' motion.
Heated yelling could be heard by multiple members from inside Heider's office.
The committee only broke up after being warned by a reporter that their actions were breaking the state's Open Meeting Law.
Members then voted to hold HB 577 in committee - a legislative procedure essentially halting the bill from moving forward.