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Eye On Boise archive for April 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

'Suspect we will be back'

The often-crowded halls of the Capitol Annex are close to abandoned this afternoon. The Senate finished its session this morning, and now there's almost no one around. House Speaker Lawerence Denney, who was chatting with a casually dressed Rep. Cliff Bayer in the third floor...

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'A tough thing for me to ask'

Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, asked unanimous consent that the Senate concur in the amendments to SB 1112a, the day care licensing bill. "This is a tough thing for me to ask you to do, but I'm going to ask you to concur," Corder told...

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House and Senate Democrats hold a press conference on Thursday morning to protest the House Republicans' move the night before to attempt to unilaterally adjourn the legislative session. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Dems: 'This is not good government' 

Democrats from the House and Senate held a news conference this morning to object to the House Republicans' move last night to attempt to unilaterally adjourn the legislative session. "The Legislature is constructed to have a balance of power between the houses, and both balance...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009



House approves DMV fee hike

The House has voted 52-13 in favor of HB 334, which raises an array of DMV fees by a total of $13.1 million a year. Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, told the House the Idaho Transportation Department had provided plenty of data to show the increase...

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Day-care licensing bill passes the House

Day-care licensing legislation has won passage in the House on a 61-5 vote, after Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, spent five years relentlessly, but until now unsuccessfully, proposing it. "This is good legislation - it meets the needs of parents for safe child care," Sayler...

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House passing duplicate budget bills 

The House took up its first duplicate budget bill - one of those that the House Appropriations Committee introduced the same day that JFAC had introduced an identical bill. Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, objected. "It is a concern that I have and several in...

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House members gather for pizza in a room behind their chamber, as their session stretches into the evening on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonna be a late one...

House members gathered for pizza in a back room during a short break, showing what a long night they have ahead trying to clear their agenda. So far, they've already passed more than 30 bills, but at least a dozen and a half more remain...

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The Idaho Senate meets on Wednesday, a day when it passed major legislation including budgets for public schools and transportation. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Senate passes ITD budget

The Senate has voted 32-1 in favor of HB 311, the budget for the Idaho Transportation Department. The bill passed the House 52-14 about two weeks ago, but has been hanging on the Senate calendar awaiting a vote as the two houses wrangled over transportation...

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Otter issues statement 

Gov. Butch Otter has issued the following statement in response to the House leadership's press conference this afternoon: “I appreciate that they now are about one-third of the way to where we need to go, and are acknowledging the need. But we have put off...

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'Being driven by the economy'

The Senate has given the same vote - 26-7 - to the third public school appropriation bill, HB 325, for the operations division, matching the vote on the two earlier divisions. Again, there was emotional debate. "I'm very sad to be part of the first...

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Senate takes up public school budgets

The Senate has reconvened and is taking up the five public school budget bills that earlier passed the House. The first one, on the division of administrators, passed on a 26-7 vote, with opposition coming from the Senate's six Democrats who are present and Sen....

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Senate Transportation Chairman John McGee, R-Caldwell, was unimpressed with a House proposal for an interim committee to study transportation funding, saying it's already been studied and talked about more than any other issue. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

McGee: 'This doesn't scratch the surface'

Senate Transportation Chairman John McGee, R-Caldwell, had this reaction to the House plan for an interim committee to study transportation funding: "I'm trying to think of an issue over the last two years that has been studied and talked about more than transportation funding. Every...

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The House Ways & Means Committee meets Wednesday to introduce three last-minute bills, including a new compromise on election consolidation. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Party-line votes introduce three new bills 

The House Ways & Means Committee has voted 4-3 in three straight party-line votes to introduce three new bills: A compromise on election consolidation, with the state covering school district and local government costs; a concurrent resolution calling for an interim committee to study transportation...

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'It worked with water'

The House Resources Committee is addressing the new bighorn sheep bill that came over from the Senate, while Ways & Means has three new bills on its agenda: A compromise on election consolidation, in which the state would cover school district costs for all four...

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