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Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 1, 2016

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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