Eye On Boise archive for March 2010



Sarah Palin endorses Idaho candidate 

Sarah Palin has endorsed Vaughn Ward in Idaho's 1st Congressional District GOP primary, adding oomph to a race in which the two leading contenders have been trying to out-conservative each other. “I’m happy to support Vaughn Ward because I know that he believes in the...

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House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, left, and Senate Minority Leader Kate Kelly, D-Boise, right, talk about the just-concluded Idaho legislative session on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Democratic response: A 'difficult' session 

Democratic leaders Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, and Sen. Kate Kelly, D-Boise, called this year's legislative session a "difficult" one, and said its impact will be felt for years. "Cuts will mean less law enforcement officers on duty, more students in classrooms, less help for Idahoans...

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Otter: 'I'm very proud of 'em'

Here are some more of Gov. Butch Otter's reactions to the just-concluded legislative session:TOP PAY: The governor praised a pay bill for the state's top elected officials put together by House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes, which cuts pay next year,...

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Gov. Butch Otter praises this year's legislative session in a press conference on Tuesday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Otter praises legislative session 

Gov. Butch Otter this morning applauded the just-concluded legislative session, particularly lauding lawmakers for not raising taxes. The governor praised lawmakers' "efficiency, sensitivity and civic virtue," and said they stuck to five principles he outlined: 1) Don't raise taxes. 2)Maintain some cash reserve. 3) Protect...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Labrador: Inattentive driving already a crime 

It was Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, who objected to House Majority Leader Mike Moyle's unanimous-consent request to use a previous roll-call to suspend rules and allow the immediate consideration of the amended texting-while-driving bill, which then led to the bill being killed in the final...

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How different the two houses are...

Senators are saying their goodbyes and applauding, while House members are hotly debating whether to concur in the Senate amendments to the House-passed texting-while-driving bill. Several are urging non-concurrence - which would mean Idaho wouldn't pass a texting-while-driving ban this year, though dozens of teens...

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Members of the Idaho House deliberate on Monday, the final - and 78th - day of Idaho's 2010 legislative session. (Betsy Russell)

House: It'll be 20 to 25 minutes

The House has received the delegation from the Senate with word that the Senate has completed its business for this year's legislative session and plans to adjourn sine die; House Speaker Lawerence Denney responded that the House expects to send a similar message back to...

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Last-minute shenanigans...

The Senate has voted 30-4 in favor of HB 729a, the House-passed version of the texting-while-driving ban, as amended in the Senate. "What we've done is a middle-of-the-road approach," said Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, the Senate transportation chairman. The bill still needs House concurrence in...

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Senate amends gun bill

The Senate is in its 14th Order for amendments, and has amended HB 589, the "Idaho Firearms Freedom Act," and HB 614, a bill regarding administrative rules. They're now considering amendments to HB 681, a measure regarding the medically indigent.

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