Otter to Undergo Surgery Tuesday, Jan. 20: Little Will Govern For the Day

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Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter is expected to be away from the Idaho Capitol and working from home over the next two to three weeks following hip resurfacing surgery, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20. Otter underwent the same type of surgery on a hip back in January of 2008. Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will serve as acting Governor on the day of the surgery, and Otter is expected to return to duty the following day. But he'll be working from home.

"I have talked to members of legislative leadership about my surgery and plan to stay in touch with them, legislators and directors throughout my recovery,” Otter said in a statement.

Otter said he expected to conduct the majority of his official meetings via phone until his doctors give him the all-clear to return to his Statehouse office.