Eye On Boise archive for March 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Idaho Reports (Idaho Public Television)

The week that was...

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join Jim Weatherby, George Prentice, Dan Popkey and host Greg Hahn to discuss the legislative developments of the week. Tonight's program also includes Hahn's interviews with Lt. Gov. Brad Little and with Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise; a report on energy...

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Giant Idaho potato truck hits road for national tour to promote Idaho potatoes. (AP / John Miller)

Giant potato hits the road to promote Idaho spuds 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Call it Tuber Tour 2012. The Idaho Potato Commission is commemorating its 75th anniversary and hoping to dispel some bad press for potatoes by taking a lifelike, six-ton spud on a seven-month, 32-state...

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Gov. Butch Otter gives this year's legislative session an 'A' (Betsy Russell)

Otter gives legislative session an 'A' 13 

Gov. Butch Otter praised lawmakers today, calling this year's legislative session "productive." "I think it was a great session - in fact, I would give a good solid 'A' to the Legislature." He said, "The Legislature got it right this year." You can read my...

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House and Senate Democrats response Friday to this year's legislative session. (Betsy Russell)

House, Senate Dems respond to session...

House and Senate Democrats responded to this year's legislative session today, criticizing the Republican majority for its priorities, including tax cuts for top earners and social legislation on contraception and abortion. "They played special-interest social politics and forgot that people care about their personal freedom,"...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, president of the Idaho Senate, applauds at the close of the legislative session on Thursday after 81 days. (Betsy Russell)

Senate adjourns sine die 

The Idaho Senate has adjourned for the session at a little after 7 p.m., four hours after the House did the same. Here, Lt. Gov. Brad Little applauds the end of the session, which ran for 81 days. The final hours included tearful goodbyes, speeches,...

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Senators applaud outgoing Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, on Thursday evening. (Betsy Russell)

Senate says its goodbyes...

The Senate has been saying its goodbyes, including emotional farewells from the longest-serving Idaho senator ever, Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo; from Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise; Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle; Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello; Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian; Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello; and Sen. Nicole LeFavour,...

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Senate prepares to adjourn... 

"The Senate has completed its business and is about to adjourn sine die," Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said. Committees are being sent to notify the House, which adjourned for the session nearly three hours ago, and the governor.

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Senate passes teacher salary bill 

With no debate or discussion, the Senate has passed HB 698, the teacher salary bill, on a 28-7 party-line vote. That's the House version of the bill to cancel future cuts required by the "Students Come First" reform law in teacher salary funds, in order...

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Senate backs Youth Challenge bill, 35-0

The Senate has voted unanimously, 35-0, in favor of HB 662 to declare the Idaho Guard Youth Challenge program to start a school in Pierce, Idaho a secondary alternative school. The funding for that was defeated in JFAC, however. Backers hope to get state matching...

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The Idaho Senate continues debating well after 5 p.m. on  Thursday, more than two hours after the House adjourned for the session. (Betsy Russell)

Senate passes $35.7 million tax cut bill 

The Senate has voted 28-7 along party lines in favor of HB 563, the $35.7 million cut in Idaho's corporate and top individual income tax rates; just over 17 percent of Idaho tax filers would benefit. "This is a good way to use that money,"...

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Sen. Edgar Malepeai, the Senate minority leader, speaks against proposed new Senate ethics rules, because the majority party developed them behind closed doors without any input from the minority. (Betsy Russell)

Ethics: 'The best we can do for right now'

Among comments in the Senate debate this afternoon on proposed new ethics rules: Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, who chaired the Senate Ethics Committee this year and helped draft the rules, said, "My heart is broken. ... This I believe is the best we can...

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Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, tells the Senate on Thursday that proposed new ethics rules in essence are "gagging every senator" by making it a violation of Senate rules to reveal ethics complaints in process. (Betsy Russell)

'What we're doing is we're gagging every senator' 

Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, pointed to a clause in the proposed new Senate ethics rule that would make it a violation of the rules of the Senate to disclose "any information that is confidential concerning the preliminary investigation ... or ... the disclosure of any...

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House adjourns sine die 

The House has adjourned sine die, despite a chorus of "nays" to the motion. "The House stands adjourned sine die," Speaker Lawerence Denney declared, banging his gavel to loud applause.

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