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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015

Idaho's House Ways & Means Committee considers introducing legislation to ban discrimination against gays; the "Add the Words" bill was introduced late Wednesday on a 6-1 vote. (Betsy Russell)

'Add the Words' bill introduced on 6-1 vote 

With a quick meeting, no questions or comments, and a 6-1 vote the House Ways & Means Committee has voted to introduce the “Add the Words” bill, to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act and ban discrimination...

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Political scientist and former Missouri state Sen. Jeffrey Smith speaks to Idaho lawmakers at ethics training session on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Ethics training: Problem, perception... 

By my count, there are about 135 people gathered in the Lincoln Auditorium for the Legislature’s mandatory ethics training this afternoon, though not all are legislators; the session is mandatory for the 105 senators and representatives. Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, thanked them all...

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Lawmakers gathering in Lincoln Auditorium for mandatory ethics session on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers gather for ethics training

Idaho lawmakers are beginning to gather in the Lincoln Auditorium for today's mandatory ethics training, which will run all afternoon, 'til 5 p.m. House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said they haven't had any ask to skip the session. "We do...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2015

Idaho lawmakers to get mandatory ethics training 

Idaho lawmakers will undergo four hours of ethics training Wednesday, in a mandatory session for all 105 senators and representatives. It’s the second straight year the mandatory ethics training has been offered to state lawmakers. Asked why, House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said, “Because it’s...

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2015

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in Boise today (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Otter's agenda for Idaho: School funding boosts, tax cuts 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter called for boosts to school funding and tax cuts for businesses and top earners in his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature on Monday. But the chairman of the Senate Tax Committee, Jeff Siddoway, said school funding must come before tax cuts, and schools in his areas are hurting...

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Otter on gay marriage 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter had this to say about the same-sex marriage issue: “It is incumbent upon those of us sworn to uphold and defend our Constitution and to do so based on its content now – not on changing societal values since it was...

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Otter proposes one more community crisis center

After funding the state’s first behavioral health crisis center in Idaho Falls this year, the state should add another next year, Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers in his State of the State message today. His budget includes $1.7 million for a second center, but doesn’t...

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