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Idaho mansion panel to meet after budget dustup

Idaho mansion panel to meet after budget dustup
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The five-member panel that oversees finances of the vacant Idaho governor's mansion will meet next week after one of its Democratic members complained a vote on its 2013 budget violated state law.

The Governor's Housing Committee now plans to meet Tuesday.

Sen. Les Bock of Garden City criticized the email vote earlier this week to approve the house's $177,400 spending plan, arguing it should have had public notice.

Bock worries the unpublicized vote will take the spotlight off a home he wants to dispose of, because it's quickly draining a fund to maintain it.

The panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, says he was merely trying to expedite the vote, not keep it out of view.

Winder pledged Thursday to schedule another meeting, if necessary, to remedy Bock's public-notice concerns.