Eye On Boise archive for March 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010


In this Jan. 9, 2003 file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a gray wolf watches biologists in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., after being captured and fitted with a radio collar.  (AP Photo/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / William Campbell)

Defenders: 'Hunts are not our primary concern'

The question of whether Idaho will have another wolf-hunting season next year is up to a federal court, which is weighing challenges to the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list - the move that permitted state wolf management including regulated hunts....

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F&G: First wolf hunting season a success

Today, Idaho closes the first-ever regulated wolf-hunting season in the lower 48 states, and state Fish & Game officials are calling it a success. "I'd be severely disappointed if we don't have a hunting season next year, because we played by the rules, we worked...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 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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Senate adjourns sine die

The Senate has voted to adjourn sine die, "in honor of our retiring mninority leaders, Sen. Kate Kelly and Sen. Clint Stennett, and their service." That's at 8:55 p.m. Mountain time.

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Darn close, but House concurs on texting

It was darn close - and the vote teetered both ways before finally settling down - but the final tally was 37-31, so the House has voted to concur in the Senate amendments to HB 729, the texting-while-driving bill. The measure still needs a vote...

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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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House: 'Intention is to finish today'

The House is going at ease for an hour. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, told the House just now, there there's "one bill here, a couple at the desk, a couple coming from the other side" and then they'll be done. "So our intention...

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Sens. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, left, and Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, center, talk with a Senate page during a break in Senate proceedings late Monday. (Betsy Russell)

Senate finishes amendments, goes at ease

The Senate has finished its amending order, leaving three bills unamended: SB 1348 and SB 1350 on bicycles, and SB 1271, Sen. John McGee's immigration bill on false documents. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis asked unanimous consent to refer those three bills to the State...

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House passes constitutional amendment measure

The House has voted 43-26 in favor of SJM 106, the non-binding memorial calling for amending the U.S. Constitution to ban health care mandates. It was a surprisingly divided vote for a measure pushed by Gov. Butch Otter in the heavily GOP Legislature. The memorial...

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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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