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Eye On Boise archive for April 2006


MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2006

So who was governor on Friday?

Now that Gov. Dirk Kempthorne is spending most of his time – including all of last week and part of this week – back in D.C. preparing for his confirmation hearings as the nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch is serving…

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Greg's tie worked

Greg Hahn, Statehouse reporter for Boise’s Idaho Statesman newspaper, has been on an ugly tie vigil for the past two weeks, trying to convince lawmakers to wrap up their session and head out of town. (Idaho Statehouse tradition, started by former AP correspondent Bob Fick,…

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Senate is done, too

The Senate has passed its final bills – the Idaho Transportation Department budget, which passed 34-0, and HJM 26, a non-binding memorial encouraging the peace process in the Basque country that passed on a voice vote – and completed its business for the session.

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GARVEE bill passes Senate on 34-1 vote

The highway bonding bill just passed the Senate 34-1, with lots of praise for all those who worked on the $200 million compromise plan between lawmakers, the governor, and the Idaho Transportation Department. The bill, which now goes to the governor, includes major upgrades for…

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They're waiting...

House members have sent a delegation to the Senate and the governor informing them that they’re done with their business and ready to adjourn sine die, but the Senate is still debating House amendments to SB 1501, and that debate is stretching on…

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New bill passes Senate on unanimous vote

The Senate has voted unanimously, 35-0, in favor of a new bill, SB 1502, that sponsor Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett, described as “déjà vu all over again.” It’s the advisory vote measure that the Senate passed earlier, to ask voters if they want to remove…

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Senators just milling around

Senate Republicans finished up their closed-door caucus more than an hour ago, but they’re not back in session yet – they’re just milling around. “We’re waiting – we don’t have anything on our calendar except for one bill,” said Senate GOP Caucus Chair Brad Little,…

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The debate is on

The Senate is back in, and is debating a motion from Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett, to not concur in the House amendments to SB 1404. Meanwhile, the House is just now convening for the day.

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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006

Deals in the works?

The House has recessed until 3 p.m., at which time both the Republicans and Democrats are planning short caucuses before they return to the floor. No committee meetings were announced before the House recessed – not even Rev & Tax – so it doesn’t look…

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Meeting law amendment passes 64-1

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.…

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Senate on recess until 2:15 p.m

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis just told the Senate that, contrary to what some of them appear to believe, no agreement has been reached on aquifer recharge. “It would be less than fair for me to characterize to the Senate that a resolution has been…

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Monday could be it

Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, just told reporters that a deal has been reached on aquifer recharge and the session will adjourn Monday, likely without the major property tax relief North Idaho wants.

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On second thought...

John Miller of The Associated Press reports that House Speaker Bruce Newcomb rescinded his punishments for Reps. Bill Sali, R-Kuna, and Tom Loertscher, R-Iona.Miller reports:"The Burley Republican yielded to advice from colleagues who advised him against such a move in the waning days of his…

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Newcomb's revenge?

House Speaker Bruce Newcomb, R-Burley, stripped Rep. Bill Sali, R-Kuna, of his committee seats today, an apparent attempt at revenge for Sali’s challenging Newcomb’s ruling on Wednesday that the combination property tax bill, HB 876, can’t be divided into separate votes.Sali, a candidate for the…

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More eyes on Boise

I’m off Thursday and Friday for a long-planned family gathering, but Spokesman-Review reporter Meghann Cuniff will be keeping an eye on Boise in my absence, and posting updates to this blog. Got tips for Meghann? Contact her at

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HB 876 clears Senate committee on 5-4 vote

The big combo property tax reform bill, HB 876, just cleared the Senate Local Government & Tax Committee on a 5-4 vote, after more than an hour-long hearing in a surprisingly packed Gold Room – the Capitol’s largest hearing room – despite just moments of…

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