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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 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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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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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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