Eye On Boise archive for April 4, 2013


Gov. Butch Otter finds his way to the second floor of the Statehouse to congratulate members of the Idaho House as they finish the 2013 session Thursday April 4, 2013 in Boise. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Darin Oswald)

Session wraps up after 88 days...

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how Idaho lawmakers adjourned their legislative session today after 88 days, running nearly a week longer than planned amid a deadlock in the Senate over the budget for public schools. In the end, the budget...

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Second egg in peregrine nesting box...

There's now a second egg in the nesting box high atop a downtown Boise building where a family of peregrine falcons makes its home; you can see it live here. Experts with the Peregrine Fund expect a third egg to follow on Saturday...

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House Speaker Scott Bedke, shortly after the House adjourned for the year (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers celebrate end of 88-day session

Once the House had adjourned, Speaker Scott Bedke invited everyone – including Gov. Butch Otter, the press, staffers and others – to a cake reception in the speakers’ office, and representatives, family members and others filled the hallways, talking and enjoying their cake. Bedke told...

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House adjourns sine die

The House has adjourned sine die, ending this year's legislative session. The official time was 11:31 a.m. "We look forward to meeting with you again next year," said Majority Leader Mike Moyle.

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Senate back in session, just one bill left...

The Senate is back in session; it has just one bill left, the year-end transfer bill that JFAC approved yesterday and the House already passed earlier this morning. It transfers any surplus beyond $20 million into the budget stabilization fund; it was requested by the...

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Senate passes school budget, 29-5

The Senate has voted 29-5 in favor of SB 1200, the new version of the public school budget. There was little debate. “It’s not a perfect budget, but it is a collaborative budget … to do what’s best for our schools, our teachers, and our...

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House Speaker Scott Bedke presides on Thursday morning (Betsy Russell)

Both houses convene for final day...

Both the House and the Senate are in session this morning for their final day of this year’s legislative session, the 88thday. First up in the Senate is suspension of rules to consider SB 1200, the new version of the public school budget. The House...

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