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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

Former Sen. Atwell Parry dies at 84

Former Idaho state Sen. Atwell Parry, R-Melba, passed away today after suffering injuries a one-vehicle accident on Jan. 14 that left him in critical condition. Parry, former co-chairman of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, was released from St. Alphonsus Hospital on Jan. 27 to go home...

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The week that was...

Here’s a link to the third week of Idaho’s legislative session in pictures, as a slide show. Let your cursor hover over the bottom part of the picture frame, and the captions will appear as the slide show plays. Tonight, on Idaho Public Television’s "Idaho...

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Immigration bills to be heard together

Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, said his plan is to hold a hearing, likely in mid-February, on three immigration bills: the new one introduced today from Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake; another already introduced by Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell,...

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Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, proposes sweeping legislation Friday targeting employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; cities that offer "sanctuary" to undocumented aliens; and more. The Senate State Affairs Committee agreed unanimously to introduce the bill. (Betsy Russell)

Jorgenson unveils immigration bill 31 

Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, this morning introduced sweeping legislation aimed at punishing Idaho employers who knowingly employ undocumented immigrants, along with other measures including denying recognition of out-of-state driver's licenses to those without legal immigration status. "The key language is 'knowingly hire,'" Jorgenson said....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

Land board members mull proposal...

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on state schools Supt. Tom Luna's proposal for education funding unveiled to lawmakers today. Tapping into the state's public school endowment earnings reserve fund for more than $50 million, as Luna proposes, would require a vote...

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Another $3 mil in savings... kind of

The co-chairs of JFAC questioned state Schools Supt. Tom Luna today about the latest numbers on student enrollment, which affect state funding. Luna's finance expert, Tim Hill, told JFAC that the number of support units, which is roughly a classroom's worth of kids, was anticipated...

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Moscow senator goes after Panhandle Health 

An Idaho lawmaker upset that regulators refuse to bend the rules for a Worley-area cabin owner with an inadequate septic system is proposing legislation that threatens to undermine the Panhandle Health District’s ability to keep sewage out of North Idaho lakes and streams. “I’m just...

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Measure would limit sessions to 90 days 

Here's a news item from the AP: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature is considering limiting the length of sessions to just 90 calendar days to save money, conserve the time of government workers and encourage a more diverse legislature. The House State Affairs...

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Lawmakers excited about Luna plan

State lawmakers are excited about state schools Supt. Tom Luna's proposal to tap the state's school endowment earnings reserve fund for more than $50 million to help balance the school budget. "I give him credit for coming up with it," said Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert,...

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Jason Hancock, deputy chief of staff for state schools Supt. Tom Luna, explains why Luna didn't try to tap a $25 million  backup school construction fund as part of his budget proposal for schools next year. Plummer-Worley School District has applied for $11.3 million of the money. (Betsy Russell)

$25M fund not tapped in Luna plan

Idaho has had $25 million sitting in a fund since 2006 to help school districts that absolutely can't pass school construction bonds and have met a series of qualifications. Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, asked why that fund wasn't tapped to avoid further school cuts next...

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Lawmakers on the joint budget committee question state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna on Thursday about his $135 million proposal for savings in the school budget next year, including draining some other funds and making a long list of targeted cuts. (Betsy Russell)

JFAC members question Luna about his plan

Lawmakers are now asking questions of state schools Supt. Tom Luna about his far-reaching proposal for budget savings of $135 million in the overall, all-funds public school budget next year, through a combination of new cuts and draining several other funds. Among the questions: If...

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Legislative budget analyst Paul Headlee gives the opening briefing to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning as lawmakers hold hearings on the school budget. Gov. Butch Otter is proposing cuts. (Betsy Russell)

School budget hearings open 

To start off the budget hearing this morning on Idaho's K-12 school budget, legislative budget analyst Paul Headlee is presenting information on how other states are coping with education funding. "Likely more than 70 percent of the states have taken some actions to reduce their...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010


Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, is chairman of the House Resources Committee. On Wednesday, he proposed legislation in the committee to make the state Board of Parks & Recreation advisory and let the governor, rather than the board, hire and fire the  state parks director. Schroeder said he hopes the bill doesn't have to advance, but he was sending a message to the parks board to let the director make major management changes. (Betsy Russell)

Senate bill goes after state Parks Board 

The Senate Resources Committee has voted unanimously to introduce legislation from Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, to make the state Board of Parks and Recreation advisory, and let the governor appoint the state parks director. The board now hires the director. Schroeder, the committee's chairman, said...

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