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Eye On Boise archive for March 2017

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was... 

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, there’s a rundown of the events of the final week of the legislative session; co-host Melissa Davlin interviews Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg; there’s footage from the Senate transportation debate and the House and Senate minority post-session press...

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Otter appeals dismissal of Idaho sage grouse lawsuit 

Gov. Butch Otter has appealed the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit, the AP reports, saying the state was not speculating about the damage that implementing the current federal sage grouse plans will have on private and public lands. Otter filed the notice with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. "We are optimistic...

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10-day veto deadline starts for Otter on grocery tax bill

A proposal to repeal the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries has been sent to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office, kicking off the 10-day deadline the Republican governor has to either veto or approve the bill. According to House Chief Clerk Carrie Maulin, the grocery tax repeal bill was transmitted to the governor's desk Friday...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, left pays tribute to Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, center, after the Idaho Senate adjourned for the year on March 29, 2017. Davis, who has served in the Senate for 19 years and as its majority leader for the past 15 years, was confirmed Thursday as the next U.S. Attorney for Idaho. (Katherine Jones / AP)

Longtime Idaho Senate majority leader reflects on just-concluded session 

Longtime Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, who is widely rumored to be the leading candidate to be Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney, said Thursday that he sees funding for improved teacher pay – and the five-year plan in which the boost is the third year – as among the top accomplishments of the Idaho Legislature. “That’s one of the best things...

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Labrador, Trump fire volleys in Twitter war... 

There’s a bit of a Twitter war going on today between President Donald Trump and Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador. First, Trump tweeted this morning, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

A look at what lawmakers did, didn't accomplish... 

Idaho lawmakers closed out the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, finishing the year by passing a contentious repeal of the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries while clearing a sweeping transportation funding plan. Yet this session was also marked by what the Legislature couldn't complete. Lawmakers backed away from addressing...

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Senate passes final budget bill

The Senate has voted 27-7 in favor of HB 328, the budget bill for the state Department of Administration. The bill had been held up in the House until this morning, when the House passed it shortly before it adjourned for the year. The seven...

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Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, center, leading a delegation from the House, informs the Idaho Senate on Wednesday that the House has completed its work and is ready to adjourn sine die. (Betsy Z. Russell)

The House has adjourned sine die

The House has adjourned sine die, with the gavel falling at 10:48 a.m. When the formal committee from the House arrived in the Senate to notify them, Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, announced, “We as House members are here to let the Senate know that...

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Rep. Janet Trujillo presents sidewalks bill to Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Senate Transportation approves sidewalks bill

The House has convened, and is taking up HB 328, the budget bill for the state Department of Administration. Meanwhile, Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, was presenting HB 334 to the Senate Transportation Committee. She said the bill just adds “children pedestrian safety on the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017



Senate adjourns 'til 10 a.m. Wednesday

The Senate has adjourned until 10 a.m. on Wednesday. “Well, our afternoon didn’t go quite as expected,” said Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. He said the Senate was “just not willing to wait any more. … I need to let you guys go...

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