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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 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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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

News, news and more news today... 

Whew – what a news day! Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s 25-9 vote in the Senate to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho, and here’s a link to my full story on today’s JFAC action on stopgap funding for broadband...

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Jurors could get more pay for long trials

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho jurors in lengthy trials could soon be getting a raise. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to introduce a bill that would pay jurors $50 per day if...

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