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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 27, 2007

TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2007

Ways & Means meets

The House Ways & Means Committee doesn’t often meet, but it met today. On the agenda for the leadership committee: Two new bills, one from House Speaker Lawerence Denney that’s a new version of controversial HB 188 (tribal gas tax negotiations), and one from Rep.…

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A tragic coincidence

Check out this report from S-R reporter Parker Howell:Just minutes after lawmakers advanced a bill this afternoon that would prohibit teen drivers from carrying more than one teenage passenger, the last of five Idaho teenagers died from injuries sustained when their vehicle plunged into a…

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No, no, and yes

The House Rev & Tax Committee this morning had three proposals on its agenda for local-option taxes. The first was from the city of Lewiston, which wanted to impose its own local hotel/motel tax. “Lewiston and our region has seen a change in the economy…

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Another Otter initiative fails

The governor’s proposal to fund $15 million in new research grants through the Higher Education Research Council for research projects specifically aimed at economic development wasn’t even discussed as the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee set the budget for the state’s four-year colleges and universities this morning.…

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Sorting through the numbers

JFAC has launched into Health & Welfare budgets, starting with the complex budgets for the newly reformed Medicaid program. A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has worked on each piece of the budget, which includes so many parts that Health & Welfare budgets will…

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Child abuse lawsuit bill passes House

Victims of child sexual abuse in Idaho will have more time to sue their abusers under a bill the House passed Monday, reports S-R reporter Parker Howell. Despite concern that the legislation would expose employers to undue liability for workers' abusive acts, lawmakers voted 60-7…

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