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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 15, 2010

MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, proposes legislation Monday to allow licensed hunters and trappers to salvage road-killed carcasses. (Betsy Russell)

Road-kill bill introduced 

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, says a constituent of his in North Idaho complained that when he found a bobcat dead in the road near his place, Idaho Fish & Game threatened him with arrest if he picked it up. "He wrote me, said you're…

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Cities pan LID bill 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials from Idaho cities criticized a bill in the Legislature meant to force the Boise City Council to ask downtown property owners for permission before charging them to help pay for a planned…

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Leo Morales of the Idaho Community Action Network speaks at a press conference Monday at which several groups came together to criticize three pending immigration bills, all of which target employers for penalties for hiring illegal workers. (Betsy Russell)

Groups criticize immigration bills 

Several groups joined today to speak out against three pending bills that seek to penalize Idaho employers who hire illegal immigrants, saying the bills will be costly, will hurt businesses and won't help the nation with its immigration issues. "What the nation wants and what…

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The House memorializes former members who've died in the past year. Similar ceremonies took place Monday in both the House and Senate. (Betsy Russell)

House, Senate memorialize former members 

Today is the day that the House and Senate memorialize former representatives and senators who have passed away in the past year. The House gallery is full, where popular former seven-term Rep. Reed Hansen is among those being memorialized; he died on the last day…

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House Ed backs Thayn-Durst ed bill

After a hearing lasting nearly two hours, the House Education Committee has voted overwhelmingly in favor of HB 493, the bill from Reps. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, and Branden Durst, D-Boise, to launch a pilot project to give kids incentives to move through school more quickly…

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Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, speaks in favor of allowing samplings of hard liquor at Idaho distilleries, similar to wine-tastings. But the House State Affairs Committee killed Clark's bill, HB 393, on a tied vote. (Betsy Russell)

Liquor sampling bill killed on tie vote 

Rep. Jim Clark's proposal to allow liquor sampling at Idaho distilleries, just like wine-tasting now is allowed, was defeated on a tied vote this morning in the House State Affairs Committee. "HB 393 is a small-business jobs bill," Clark told the committee, noting that there…

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Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, speaks to the House Education Committee promoting HB 493, a proposal for a pilot program on incentives for students who move through school more quickly, including scholarships for those who graduate at least a year early. His co-sponsor, Rep. Branden Durst, D-Boise, is seated next to him. The bipartisan pair said their plan is designed to improve education while saving the state money. (Betsy Russell)

Panel hears education reform plan

Reps. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, and Branden Durst, D-Boise, are presenting HB 493 this morning, their bill that's up for a full hearing to create a "mastery" program that would, among other things, provide scholarships for students who graduate from high school early, along with other…

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House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, presents legislation Monday morning to create a budget stabilization fund for Idaho's colleges and universities. The House Education Committee voted unanimously to introduce the bill. (Betsy Russell)

Bill would give colleges own reserve fund

Idaho's state colleges and universities would get their own budget stabilization fund, under legislation introduced unanimously this morning in the House Education Committee. "It's such a good idea," said House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who proposed the bill and is co-sponsoring it with…

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