House at odds with Senate over Idaho rulemaking process

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The House has amended legislation involving Idaho's obscure rulemaking process in a fight with the Senate.

The House voted 52-15 Wednesday to approve the amended legislation that requires rules originating in state agencies get approval from both the House and Senate before becoming law.

Currently, the rules can become law with only one chamber's approval.

Backers say both chambers should agree on approving rules. Opponents say requiring approval from both chambers will gum up government.

The amendment to the bill is identical to another bill the House has already passed, but that stalled in a Senate committee.

The amendment was attached to a must-pass bill involving keeping current administrative rules in force.

The amended bill now goes to the Senate to see if lawmakers there agree with the changes.

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