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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

JFAC approves boost for ag research

The University of Idaho's Agricultural Research and Extension Service will see a $2.3 million increase in state support next year, reports Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, including $200,000 it didn't even request. The Legislature's joint budget committee unanimously approved a $28.7 million fiscal 2016...

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Idaho Day observance gets under way in the Idaho House chamber on Wednesday morning (Betsy Russell)

First 'Idaho Day' festivities kick off today... 

Today’s “Idaho Day” festivities will include commemorations in both the House and Senate chambers this morning, the official state celebration starting shortly after noon in the Lincoln Auditorium, and observances at schools and elsewhere around the state; there’s more info here. The House is planning...

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Road funding bills chip away at shortfall in lieu of broad plan 

Idaho House members are slowly chipping away at addressing the state's transportation funding shortfall, the AP reports, providing the only solution thus far this session as legislative leaders struggle to gather support for a comprehensive transportation bill. House committees have considered proposals that would provide...

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Divided votes in JFAC on funding for courts...

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee had two divided votes on the budget for the Judicial Branch this morning, finally approving a motion from Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, that Gibbs described as the “nuclear option,” on a 15-5 vote. While funding two new magistrate judges in Kootenai...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015


Teen tanning bill passes House, 47-23 

It was a bit anticlimactic after the big fights in past years, but the House has easily passed HB 177, the bill to require parental consent for teens under 18 to use artificial tanning beds, and banning their use for those age 13 and younger....

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MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

Protesters face arrest in the Idaho Senate chamber on Monday (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Of protests, arrests, compromise and time... 

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s nearly two dozen arrests of “Add the 4 Words” protesters at the state Capitol, as talk swirls around the statehouse about possible compromise legislation and whether there’s time to consider it this year or...

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