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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 18, 2010

MONDAY, JAN. 18, 2010

Dems' closure of caucuses 'a strategic decision' 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the Idaho House and Senate Democrats' decision today to abandon open caucus meetings and instead move all their caucuses behind closed doors. "It was unanimous," said Senate Minority Leader Kate Kelly, D-Boise. "It was a...

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State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna addresses a charter school rally on the Capitol steps on Monday afternoon. (Courtesy photo / Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families)

The case of the missing P.A.... 

Amid all the hubbub in the Capitol today, the Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families had to hold its rally on the Statehouse steps - with 550 kids and parents in attendance - without any amplification, because the state-owned P.A. system it planned to use...

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Onlookers fill the state Capitol rotunda for Idaho's official Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day ceremony on Monday. (Betsy Russell)

'It's people being peaceful' 

The Capitol is filled with people - parents and children watching from every floor of the rotunda at the state's official Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day ceremony; high school and college students, some of whom took part in rallies earlier; older folks who...

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Dems decide to close caucuses 

Idaho's House and Senate minority caucuses have voted to close their meetings to the public, after having them open to the public for nearly a decade while GOP caucuses remained closed. "This change is effective immediately," according to a press release from Democratic leadership. "If...

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Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz makes his budget presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, the first of an array of hearings on state agency budgets that are showing the results of recent budget cuts. Under Gov. Butch Otter's budget proposal, more cuts lie ahead both this year and next. (Betsy Russell)

The results of budget cuts...

JFAC has started budget hearings for state agencies with the Legislative Services Office. It's the first of an array of hearings that will reveal how budget cuts have translated into changes on the ground in agencies throughout state government; also up today are the state...

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Lights are on at the state Capitol this morning, though it's an official state holiday, Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day. The Legislature, which doesn't take holidays, is in session. (Betsy Russell)

Holiday or not, Legislature is in session

Today is an official state holiday - Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day - but there's a reason all the lights are on in the state Capitol. Unlike all other state agencies, the state Legislature doesn't take holidays - it's in session. You'll find...

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Another approach to exemptions... 

Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, has drafted legislation calling for setting up a state commission that would review all Idaho state sales tax exemptions one or more times every eight years, and report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature, including whether each one should be...

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