Eye On Boise

FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015


From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports,” I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the third week of the legislative session, from the education budget to “Add the Words.” The show also includes Aaron and Melissa’s interview...

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Senate Education Chairman Dean Mortimer, left, and House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, right, speak to reporters on Friday morning (Betsy Russell)

Senate Ed chairman: 'This is the year for education' 

House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, and Senate Education Chairman Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, told reporters this morning that they’re “excited” about where education is headed in Idaho. “I believe this is the year for education,” Mortimer said. “We are excited about where we are...

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Health & Welfare chair: 'We hear you' 

After two hours of testimony at this morning’s Health & Welfare listening session, House Health & Welfare Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, thanked everyone who spoke. “We understand a lot of Idahoans have gone through a tough time economically. We are coming out of that,” he...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015




Analysis: Ybarra's budget will get a rewrite 

The K-12 public schools budget that new state schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra sketched out this morning won’t be the budget that comes out of the 2015 Legislature, Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert predicts in a new analysis here. Instead, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is likely...

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Ybarra tells JFAC school budget is one 'I did inherit' 

Legislative budget writers expressed some concerns this morning about the lack of detail state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra provided to them. “I’m a little bit nervous about the budget as you talked about it,” said Sen. Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello. “You were talking about we’ll see...

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Julie Zicha, whose gay son committed suicide four years ago, is comforted by Gretchen Bates on Thursday as an Idaho House committee votes 13-4 against legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

HB 2 killed on straight party-line vote 13 

The amended substitute motion, to send HB 2 to the full House with no recommendation, has failed on a straight party-line vote, with the committee’s four Democrats voting in favor, and the 13 Republicans against. As the committee moved on to the substitute motion –...

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Debate: 'I will be kinder' 

As the House State Affairs Committee debates the three pending motions regarding HB 2, the "Add the Words" bill, here are some of their comments: Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, said he’s learned much from the three-day hearing on bill. “From this point on and...

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Crowd filters in for Thursday morning's vote on HB 2 (Betsy Russell)

Stage set for HB 2 vote this morning...

People are filtering in to the Lincoln Auditorium in the Capitol this morning for the House State Affairs Committee meeting; the panel is scheduled to vote on HB 2 after three days of hearings. Monday through Wednesday, 190 people testified on the bill, 134 in...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

'Add the Words' hearing wraps up, vote set for morning 

This afternoon’s hearing on HB 2, the anti-discrimination bill regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, went about 40 minutes past its scheduled 5 p.m. cut-off. "We do appreciate your participation in the process, and we do sincerely want to thank you for being here," House...

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