Committee delays vote on Occupy eviction until Tuesday
This morning, an Idaho House panel listened to testimony on a proposal to boot Occupy Boise protesters' tents from state property across from the Capitol. However, they decided to postpone the vote until Tuesday January 24 at 9 a.m.
Monday marked the second day of testimony on the bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Scott Bedke, to ban camping from the Capitol Mall.
Bedke says his bill isn't aimed at restricting free speech, rather to preserve aesthetic values and appropriate uses of state land.
But Occupy Boise backers say forcing them to remove their tents from the old Ada County Courthouse just southeast of the Capitol building would unfairly muzzle them.
They say they aren't camping, rather trying to bring attention to their concerns that U.S. government now answers to corporate interests, rather than regular people.
More than 50 people showed up for the hearing.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.