Eye On Boise archive for March 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014



Elmore County declared a disaster area due to drought

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought. The department designated Elmore County a primary natural disaster...

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Catching up on some news... 

Lots of news has happened over the past week while I’ve been off work. Here’s some catch-up: Gov. Butch Otter signed 112 bills into law on Wednesday (the list he published looked much longer, but nearly every bill was listed twice); and 48 on Friday...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014


THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014


MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014


The session that was…

Education funding took center stage at the Idaho Legislature this year – even bumping big new tax cuts from the favored top-priority position they occupied in recent years. Lawmakers nearly doubled Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed 2.9 percent increase in school funding, to $66 million; the...

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Rep. McMillan 'grateful' for House ethics review

North Idaho Rep. Shannon McMillan says she’s “grateful” for the process in which the House Ethics Committee decided to not take any formal action against her for failing to disclose a conflict of interest before voting against a bill. McMillan, R-Silverton, cast one of just...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Sven Berg, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz on Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports." (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Sven Berg, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the week, from the final action of the legislative session to Idaho politics. Also, Davlin and...

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Otter: 'One of smoothest sessions I've ever seen' 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joined GOP legislative leaders today to declare this year’s legislative session a success. “In 74 days, I thought we accomplished a lot,” Otter said. “I think it was probably one of the smoothest sessions I’ve ever seen.” He said it “maybe...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014




House Speaker Scott Bedke presides over the Idaho House on the final day of the legislative session Thursday (Betsy Russell)

House kills militia amendment after vehement debate

Despite vehement debate in favor of it from House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, the House has defeated SJR103a, a proposed constitutional amendment regarding militia service, on a 33-37 vote. It needed two-thirds support to pass. A laughing Moyle said afterward, "In 16 years, that's...

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