Five Idaho lawmakers react to Rep. Scott removal

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 14:51:38-05

Five Idaho lawmakers have asked House Speaker Scott Bedke to remove them from their committee assignments -- until Rep. Heather Scott is reassigned to her legislative panels.

Republican Reps. Ron Nate, Priscilla Giddings, Dorothy Moon, Christy Zito, and Karey Hanks made their requests one-by-one on the House floor on Monday, causing murmurs of surprise among some lawmakers on the floor -- but they received no response from Bedke.

Bedke later told The Associated Press that lawmakers can always choose not to attend their committee meetings, adding that he expected the issue to be discussed during the closed-door House majority caucus meeting later.

The small group was reacting to Bedke's decision to remove Scott from her legislative committee assignments last week after she commented to another female lawmaker that women only move up in the Legislature by trading sexual favors.

(by Associated Press)