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Eye On Boise 2011 Idaho Legislature archive

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

Court considers blocking new anti-union laws 

A federal judge is now pondering whether Idaho's newest anti-union laws should be blocked while they're challenged in court, the Associated Press reports; the two laws, intended to weaken the power of labor organizations in Idaho, were passed during the 2011 legislative session and are...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

A capitol year for unusual ideas...

It wasn't just in Idaho that state lawmakers ventured onto unusual ground this year, attempting to unilaterally nullify a federal law, debating allowing guns on state college campuses and nearly cutting off unemployed Idahoans from receiving federal extended unemployment benefits on grounds that the benefits...

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Rusche: Otter veto 'prevented legal mayhem'

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, a pediatrician, is praising GOP Gov. Butch Otter's veto of HB 298, the grandson-of-nullification bill on health care reform, saying, "Gov. Otter prevented legal mayhem - for that he is to be thanked." He has concerns, however, about the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011


THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011


Otter's veto message...

Here's a link to Gov. Butch Otter's veto message on HB 298, the final version of the "nullification" bill on the national health care reform law. "Even though I vetoed the bill today, I have issued an executive order ... prohibiting state agencies and departments...

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Otter vetoes final version of nullification bill

Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed HB 298, the final version of a much-debated legislative effort to "nullify" the federal health care reform law; the bill declared that Idaho wouldn't comply with discretionary provisions of the law for one year, made various declarations, and prohibited the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Of politics, power and brinksmanship... 

When lawmakers were considering the fate of Idaho's renewable energy sales tax rebate, a lobbyist for a major wind developer told them that without it, hundreds of millions worth of his company's projects in Idaho would be canceled. The rebate was killed by one vote...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby and Steve Crump join host Greg Hahn on Friday's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public Television, to discuss some of the fallout from this year's legislative session; also joining the discussion from Idaho Falls was Corey Taule. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

Best, worst, or something else?

The conclusion of this year's legislative session has prompted widely differing takes on how it went, from Gov. Butch Otter giving lawmakers a grade of "A" to Senate Democrats' pronouncement that the session was the "worst in memory." On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011


Gov. Butch Otter, at a press conference on Thursday, declares this year's legislative session "a very successful one." (Betsy Russell)

Otter: Session 'a very successful one' 10 

Gov. Butch Otter declared this year's legislative session "a very successful one," saying, "It was a successful legislative session for myself and my administration." He said if he had to give the session a grade, "I'd give em an A, I feel comfortable with that....

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011


MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Joe Reitan, of Boise, Idaho comes down the slopes in a Cookie Monster costume during the closing day at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area on Sunday, April 10, 2011 outside Boise. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune / Charlie Litchfield)

After the session...

Here's a link to my Sunday story on the issues and outcomes of this year's legislative session, and here's a link to my Sunday column. As for me, after a really great closing weekend of skiing at Bogus Basin (no, that's not me in this...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, John Miller and host Greg Hahn discuss the final week of Idaho's 2011 legislative session on Friday's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public Television. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

The week that was...

On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, John Miller and host Greg Hahn to discuss the events of the week. The show airs tonight at 8 p.m., then re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific;...

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