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Mon., April 10, 2006, 2:02 p.m.

Eye On Boise: Legislature Passes Open Meeting Law

"SB 1492a, the amended bill to preserve the Idaho Open Meeting law but add a provision that legislative committee meetings can be closed in certain “extraordinary” circumstances specifically laid out in House or Senate rules, passed the House on a 64-1 vote, with just Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, objecting. Senate leaders originally had written the bill to delete the section of the open meeting law that applies to legislative committees, but after negotiating with the Idaho Press Club, agreed instead to keep the section in law and simply amend it. (Full disclosure here: I’m the president of the Idaho Press Club.) The club had sued the Legislature over closed committee meetings, contending they’re unconstitutional, but had lost on a split 3-2 ruling in the Idaho Supreme Court last month" -- Eye On Boise.

DFO: Not the best bill, but a good one. BTW, Betsy reports that the Legislature has adjourned until tomorrow morning, so there still could be action on the GARVEE bonds and property tax relief. If not, then this blog will take the lead in the throw-the-bums out movement.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.