Majority Leader Optimistic About Final Gavel in Senate

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Republican Majority Leader Idaho Falls Republican Sen. Bart Davis stood before his colleagues this morning and optimistically predicted that the Senate could be sine die later today.

Presenting his so-called road map of what's ahead for lawmakers, Davis said that the full Senate should be considering, among a half-dozen other measures, House Bill 693, the latest anti-Occupy Boise bill, which would immediately grant greater authority to the director of the Department of Administration over activities and behavior on state property around the Capitol Mall.

Later today, Davis said senators should be taking up House Bill 563, approved earlier this morning by the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, which would cut $35.7 million in state income taxes for Idaho's top earners.

Davis also said that lawmakers should soon have before them the three Senate ethics bills, passed this morning by the Senate Judiciary Committee.