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In brief: Panel wants political ads to name donors

OLYMPIA – Political ads for or against a ballot measure would have to name the largest donors to that campaign under a proposal approved Monday by a House panel.

The House State Government Committee approved a bill by Rep. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, requiring campaign ads for or against initiatives and referendums to name the top five donors to the committee sponsoring the ad. It’s similar to a rule applied to independent campaign ads.

Supporters said the public has a right to know who’s pumping money into the campaigns, while opponents argued the information is easily available on the Public Disclosure Commission’s website. The committee sent it to the full House on a 7-4 vote but rejected a separate bill to place limits on contributions to initiative campaigns.

Robbers steal 4 of 5 pies from pizza guy

A pizza delivery man was robbed Sunday night of four of the five pizzas he was delivering in north Spokane.

Police believe one of the robbers was a 15-year-old girl whose name was not disclosed. They are still trying to determine the identity of the knife-wielding man she was with, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The Domino’s Pizza employee told police that when he arrived around 7 p.m. to deliver pizzas on the 1200 block of North Oak Street, a man with a knife demanded the pizzas. The man was accompanied by the young woman.

The robbers took four of the five pizzas and fled to the northwest. Witnesses told police they ran into a nearby apartment complex, which police searched unsuccessfully.

Officer Elina Bishop learned the identity of the suspected female robber. Police have probable cause to charge the girl with first-degree robbery when she is located, the release said.

Anyone with information should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 and refer to Incident No. 12-028999.

Idaho considering e-cig sale restrictions

Current Idaho law bans tobacco products from being sold to children, but doesn’t cover a new product called “e-cigarettes,” electronic cigarettes that contain no tobacco, but instead allow users to inhale a nicotine-infused mist without creating smoke.

State Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, is sponsoring legislation to change that, and his bill was endorsed unanimously on Monday by the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee, which sent it to the full House with a recommendation that it pass.

Health districts around the state, including the Panhandle Health District in North Idaho, support the move and asked Nonini and co-sponsor state Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, to pitch the legislation.