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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kimberlee Kruesi and co-host Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television (Idaho Public Television / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an update on the events of the week, including the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, a traditional run-up to the legislative session; and the Idaho Legislature’s organizational session this week. Co-host Melissa Davlin interviews Boise attorney...

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Idaho lawmakers consider changing asset forfeiture laws 

Two state lawmakers are working on a bill to change laws police use to seize property during drug seizure cases. Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, is working on the bill with Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, in hopes of ensuring property is only seized if it is directly connected to drug crimes, The Times-News reports...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016

Some House committee chairmanships shuffled 

It appears that House committee chairmanships are going through some shuffling for the coming year. Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, will chair the Local Government Committee. Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, who formerly chaired that panel, will chair the House Judiciary & Rules Committee, which was formerly...

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Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree (Betsy Z. Russell)

Rep. Julie VanOrden to chair House Education Committee

Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, is the new chair of the House Education Committee. That’s the first word on House committee assignments or chairmanships; both VanOrden and House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, confirmed it. VanOrden succeeds Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, who didn’t see re-election;...

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How a contest of election results works... 

Under the Idaho Constitution, the Senate itself is the judge in the case of a formal contest of Senate election results. So without comment, the Senate today received and filed the complaint from the election opponent of Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello’s. Under a process laid...

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Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello (Betsy Z. Russell)

New Sen. Nye: 'We won this fair and square'

New Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, defeated his Republican challenger, Tom Katsilometes – not the longtime county commissioner and current tax commissioner by that name, but a cousin – with 48.1 percent of the vote in the November election, while Katsilometes got 44.9 percent and independent...

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Oaths of office and name plaques for House members' desks in the Idaho House chamber stand ready before the House convenes for its organizational session on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Idaho House, Senate open organizational session

The House and Senate both are convening their organizational sessions this morning, to swear in the new 2017 Legislature, assign committees and chairmanships and select seats in the chambers. One little glitch this morning: The governor is out of state, speaking in California, so Lt....

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

House Majority Caucus opts for no change in leadership team 

The House Republican Caucus has re-elected its same leadership team, with two of its members turning back challenges. Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, was re-elected; as were Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star; Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa; and Majority Caucus Chairman John VanderWoude, R-Nampa. Crane...

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Idaho Senate GOP caucus re-elects same leaders

The Senate Republican Caucus is the first to check in with results of its leadership elections tonight: All its leaders were re-elected. That includes Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls; Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise; and Majority Caucus...

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