Idaho State Senator Christy Zito (R-Hammett) was shut down during the Senate Floor Session earlier today as the Senate adjourned to prevent her from continuing a speech she was giving on the floor.
During the Senate’s 15th order, Senators are allowed to take a personal privilege to make announcements. Zito attempted to make an announcement during the 15th order today.
For the first three minutes of her speech, Zito spoke on the history of what events take place in the capitol and that those events are recorded.
Zito then attempted to read from a press release that the Idaho Senate Majority Caucus sent out. The press release was titled, “Tax Relief Bill H436 Passes Idaho Senate.”
In the press release, Zito is mentioned by name with the following paragraph,
Senate Democrats, in cooperation with Senator Zito (LD-23), attempted to derail passage of the income tax cut hoping to change the bill.
However, before Zito could read the press release sent out yesterday by Republican Senate leaders, Senate Majority Leader Kelly Anthon (R-Burley) cut Zito off and asked for unanimous consent to go “at ease” to which Zito objected.
After Zito objected to putting the Senate at ease, Anthon then moved to adjourn the Senate session, which was seconded by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Abby Lee (R-Fruitland). A voice vote had most of the Senate voting to adjourn, and the meeting was over.
Zito went on social media afterward to explain what she was going to share. You can see that video here.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Anthon to ask why he objected to Zito’s speech and ultimately adjourned the meeting, but he has not yet responded to our request for comment.
The interaction on the Senate floor can be seen below (video from Idaho Freedom Foundation YouTube channel).
Tags: Abby Lee, Christy Zito, Chuck Winder, HB 436, Kelly Anthon, Mark Harris