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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 12, 2010

FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Commentators, from left, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, Alex LaBeau and Betsy Russell talk with host Thanh Tan, right, on "Idaho Reports" about the events of the fifth week of Idaho's 2010 legislative session. (Betsy Russell)

The week that was...

Here’s a link to the fifth week of Idaho’s legislative session in pictures, as a slide show. Let your cursor hover over the bottom part of the picture frame, and the captions will appear as the slide show plays. Tonight, on Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho…

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This proposed special license plate would benefit mountain biking trails in Idaho. A House committee approved creation of the plate Friday and sent the bill, HB 486, to the full House. (Betsy Russell)

Special license plates win support

The House Transportation Committee has approved the proposed new mountain biking special license plate, which will help raise funds to maintain and expand public trails open to mountain biking around the state. "Idaho has more trails than any other state in the lower 48," said…

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Cuts lie ahead...

Here's a link to my full story at on the revenue decision in JFAC today, which set a budget target that will force deep cuts in the state budget, including another $69 million to be cut yet this year.

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Football resolutions pass

The House has unanimously passed resolutions commending the Boise State football team and the University of Idaho football team on their bowl wins this year, amid much merriment, including some House members yelling out "Go Vandals!" instead of "aye" in the voice vote on the…

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Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, reacts to lawmakers' decision Friday morning to base state budgets, both for the rest of this year and for next year, on figures millions lower than what Otter proposed. The governor supports the move, he said, but "serious decisions" on budget cuts lie ahead. (Betsy Russell)

Hammon: 'Serious decisions' lie ahead on cuts

Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, said his boss is supportive of JFAC's decision this morning to adopt the Legislature's revenue committee recommendations as the basis for setting the state budget, both for this year and next year, though those figures fall $69 million…

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Two motions for fy 2011...

Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, has now moved to set the 2011 revenue figure at the number picked by the joint revenue committee - $2.29 billion. Sen. Shawn Keough seconded the motion. Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, made a substitute motion to adopt the governor's revised forecast…

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JFAC chooses lower number for 2010 

The Democrats' substitute motion failed on a party-line vote, 4-16, though Sen. Dean Cameron first mistakenly voted yes, then changed his vote amid some chuckling. Then, the motion for the lower revenue figure set by the Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee passed, also…

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JFAC members prepare to set a revenue figure on which to base the state budget on Friday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Debating the revenue number

JFAC is getting ready to adopt revenue figures on which to base budget-setting for both the remainder of this year and next year. First up: They're looking at two motions, one for the governor's revised forecast for fiscal year 2010 showing a drop in revenues…

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Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, talks about the "conscience" legislation he introduced on Friday, which protects any licensed health care provider who refuses to provide a medication or treatment related to abortion, emergency contraception, stem cell research or end-of-life care, based on the provider's conscience. The Senate State Affairs Committee agreed, with one objection, to introduce the new bill. (Betsy Russell)

Abortion 'conscience' bill introduced 

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted this morning, with one objection, to introduce a new version of "conscience" legislation from Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, that would permit any licensed health-care provider to refuse to provide a treatment, service or medication related to abortion, emergency contraception,…

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