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Eye On Boise archive for April 2017

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

Court upholds ruling dismissing Idaho from school fees suit

The Idaho Supreme Court says the state can't be named as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes. Former Nampa Schools Superintendent Russell Joki filed the lawsuit in 2012 against the state and school districts across Idaho, alleging that fees imposed...

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From left, Betsy Russell, Rebecca Boone, Kevin Richert, and co-host Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, April 28, 2017. (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television examines state contracting and procurement, data and accountability, and the latest Idaho Supreme Court rulings. On the pundits panel, I join AP Boise correspondent Rebecca Boone; Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert; and co-host Melissa Davlin to discuss...

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Crapo-led panel explores more Russia sanctions

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo wants to ramp up economic sanctions and “impose real costs” on Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country’s ongoing military incursions and interference in democratic elections in the United States and Europe, reports Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence. Crapo is chairman...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017


Overhaul of Idaho oil and gas laws includes new commission

A revamped commission overseeing Idaho's natural gas and oil industry and a beefed-up state agency to aid that effort emerged from this year's legislative session along with more detailed reporting requirements for oil companies. The new laws and rules are a major course change for Idaho as expected windfalls of oil and gas money to state...

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Micron names SanDisk co-founder Mehrotra as its new CEO

Micron Technology says it has hired the co-founder of SanDisk to be the company's new chief executive officer and president. The Boise, Idaho,-based memory chip maker in a statement Thursday says Sanjay Mehrotra will also be a member of the board of directors when he starts on May 8. Mehrotra led SanDisk as a startup...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

Per diem dustup in Idaho raises questions, no easy answers 

Legislative leaders say there's no easy solution to address questions surrounding how much Idaho lawmakers are entitled to receive toward their expenses. State legislators received a total of nearly $1 million in per diem payments this year — money they can spend however they want with no accountability. Scrutiny of the system increased this...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

Homeless gubernatorial candidate arrested, remains in Ada jail 

A Boise man who recently registered to run for governor in 2018 using a local homeless shelter as his address is in the Ada County Jail, after turning himself in over the weekend on a probation violation. According to Ada County jail records, Troy Minton, 39, also was served with a warrant for an additional charge of petit theft...

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Labrador's Nampa town hall draws 350 

1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s second town-hall meeting in two weeks, held last night in Nampa, drew a crowd of about 350, and health care issues dominated the questions. Labrador expressed support for a border wall on the Mexican border, saying, “I am for...

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MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017




Idaho's anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities. The Idaho Statesman reports that the groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals detailing their opposition...

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Of legislative rules, vetoes and time limits... 

Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, is taking issue with something I said on Friday’s “Idaho Reports” program, when I said there’s “no limit” on how long the Legislature takes to present a bill to the governor, and she’s got a good point. As Boyle points out, in the Joint Rules of the Senate and House...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gives his 2017 State of the State address to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor 

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change the Idaho Constitution to allow lawmakers to reconvene to override a veto that’s issued after they adjourn for the year. “It’s not uncommon, it’s not some sort of strange idea...

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Public comments from throughout Idaho favor climate change standards that lawmakers rejected; full Sun. column 

In Boise, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene last week – just like at earlier public meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Fort Hall – Idahoans turned out in force to tell the state Department of Education that they want their schools to teach students about climate change. The issue arises as Idaho updates its school science standards for the first...

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