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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2015





House Ed stalls teacher background check fee bill

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to increase how much Idaho teachers pay for background checks may be dead, despite a $55,000 deficit looming in the state education department. The House Education Committee voted 8-6 on Wednesday...

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Otter names PUC attorney to commission seat

Gov. Butch Otter has named Kristine Sasser, legal counsel for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, to the commission seat that opened with the retirement of Commissioner Martha Smith; the appointment is effective today. “Over the past seven years, Kristine has distinguished herself as someone who...

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Mortimer: Teacher pay plan coming soon 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The head of Idaho's Senate Education Committee says a highly anticipated plan to boost teacher pay will be revealed soon. Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee...

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Col. Ralph Powell, director of the Idaho State Police, makes his budget pitch to state lawmakers on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

ISP: More troopers needed to patrol state's roads 

The Idaho State Police requested 21 new officers next year – 15 for patrol and six investigators. Gov. Butch Otter is recommending just six, all for patrol. “ISP is not able to provide consistent 24-hour patrol coverage on our state’s highways and interstates,” ISP Director...

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Transportation chairs say road funding boost in works

The Joint-Finance Appropriations Committee is hearing from germane committee chairs from both houses today, as it prepares to begin setting budgets for state agencies; a public hearing is scheduled for Friday morning. Among the highlights so far: House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, was asked...

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