Day 2 funning at the Idaho Legislature

The House and Senate met briefly Tuesday, taking care of administrative business. Afterward, a number of lawmakers headed to a luncheon hosted by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

House Republican Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude of rural Ada County spoke on the floor about small matters, including parking permits and meal tickets. He also alerted colleagues that keeping the House pages satisfied might be a good idea.

The pages, following a House custom, had posted wish list on the door of their quarters off the floor, with food and other items.

"I think maybe I'll put up a notice on my door of food I'd like," Vander Woude said.

Titled "Snack List and Supplies" the list included: Juice, fruit, Starburst, chips and salsa, hand sanitizer, tissues, chocolates, donuts, chocolate chip cookies and Costco muffins.

Rebecca Failing, a page from Renaissance High School in Meridian, explained the list, saying, "We're a unique group."

The joke of the day in the Senate was at the expense of Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, who was said to have won a prize at the Department of Correction event held downstairs.

Cracked Lt. Gov. Brad Little: "Sen. Heider won a night's stay at one of our wonderful institutions."

Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, updated the joke, making note to Gov. Butch Otter's request for $70 million to add a new building to the prison complex south of Boise.

"I hope it's not in the new secure mental health facility," said Davis.

Heider said he has no plans for a sleepover behind bars. But if he does, he can bring the gift he won by picking a joker from a deck of cards. "I won a BSU blanket," he said.