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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 23, 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

Why Idaho passed its no-severance law... 

There's nothing in the record that shows why lawmakers passed legislation in 1993, with only one dissenting vote in either house, to ban severance payments to state employees who leave voluntarily. There was little discussion in committee, where the bill passed near-unanimously. But a look…

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Simpson hasn't endorsed

2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson hasn't endorsed a candidate in the Republican primary for Idaho's 1st District congressional seat, spokeswoman Nikki Watts said today. "Mr. Ward asked Congressman Simpson if he could use his name on the event invitation for the event in D.C., and…

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The Hill: GOP leaders siding with Ward

The Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill is reporting that U.S. House GOP leaders are lining up behind Vaughn Ward in the Republican race for a chance to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, though state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, says he'll also be jumping…

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The legal ins and outs 

Two state laws are at play in the issue of recent state purchases of PERSI service for certain retiring employees: 67-5342, which bans any severance pay to a state employee who leaves voluntarily, and 59-1363, which covers purchases of additional membership service by a PERSI…

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