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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2018

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28, 2018

Justice Department, Potlatch agree on Superfund settlement

A Washington state company with land holdings in Idaho will pay $6 million in a settlement with the federal government over the cleanup of a northern Idaho Superfund site. Potlatch Corporation and its subsidiary, Potlatch Land & Lumber, signed an agreement in early February with the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency...

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UI law prof sues Idaho for execution records

A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state's Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs. Aliza Cover asked prison officials last fall for purchase orders, receipts, source paperwork and other documents on the drugs the state used in...

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Bill would expand access to family planning services

Low-income women in Idaho would have access to important health and family planning services under a proposal advancing inside the Statehouse. According to the measure, Idaho would be allowed to seek federal permission — known as a waiver — to expand family planning services to women ages 19-44...

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CBD oil bill passes House on 59-11 vote

The House has passed HB 577, Rep. Dorothy Moon’s bill to legalize CBD oil for medical use, on a 59-11 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate side. Numerous representatives spoke out on the bill, with many citing people they know who use the...

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A busy morning at the Capitol; watch live...

There’s lots going on in the Capitol this morning. The House Education Committee is holding a hearing in the Lincoln Auditorium, with an agenda that includes two controversial bills, HB 566, creating a certification system for heads of charter schools that doesn’t require traditional academic...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2018

Controversial change on building codes clears House committee, despite lots of opposition

Builders, architects and local officials from across the state urged strongly against it – as did the state association of fire chiefs – but a House committee this afternoon passed legislation to forbid local communities from adopting any building code provisions that are more up-to-date or more stringent than those adopted by a state board....

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House kills county justice fund levy bill, 27-41

The House has killed legislation from Idaho counties to allow an increase in a cap on property tax levies for county justice related services, from sheriff’s patrols to jail operations, from twenty hundredths of a percent of taxable market value, or .002, to twenty-five hundredths...

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Idaho officials pitch health care plan to federal officials

Idaho officials pitched the state's plan for health care to federal officials, making a case to allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron met with top federal health care officials last weekend...

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Rep. Van Burtenshaw, R-Terreton, proposes a $20 million transfer to the state's fire fund, as the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee sets the budget for the state Department of Lands on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Betsy Z. Russell)

JFAC transfers $20M into fire deficiency fund

JFAC has voted unanimously this morning to transfer $20 million from the current year’s budget to the fire fund in the state Department of Lands budget, with an emergency clause. The state currently has $8.6 million in bills pending from the 2017 fire season. Rep....

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MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2018

Proposal would shift power on state Redistricting Commission to Republicans, from current equal split

Idaho lawmakers on Monday proposed a measure with strong Republican support that would dramatically change the state's independent commission in charge of re-drawing congressional and legislative maps every decade. Redistricting is important because it can decide which party gets the majority of congressional and state legislative seats...

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