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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 22, 2010

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010

F&G Commission opposes Harwood roadkill bill 

The Idaho Fish & Game Commission has voted unanimously to oppose legislation from Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, to allow Idahoans with hunting or trapping licenses to salvage road-killed carcasses - something that's now strictly illegal. "There was concern just because of the potential enforcement…

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PERSI COLA bill to get hearing tomorrow 

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Senate plans to debate a plan to block Idaho government retirees from getting a 1 percent pension increase in March. Sen. John Andreason, the Commerce and Human Resources Committee chairman, plans to…

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The Idaho House convenes on Monday with a gallery full of visiting schoolchildren. (Betsy Russell)

Education 'mastery' bill passes House, 61-7 

The House has voted 61-7 in favor of HB 493, legislation from Reps. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, and Branden Durst, D-Boise, to set up a pilot project in which school students could challenge classes by passing end-of-course tests, and those who graduate a year or more…

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Midwives and home-birth advocates from around the state, many with babies in tow, visited the state Capitol on Monday as Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, unsuccessfully sought to introduce legislation to ease last year's law establishing midwife licensing in Idaho. (Betsy Russell)

It's a younger place today...

The average age in the state Capitol seems to have fallen precipitously today, as a result of a number of factors: Several school groups are visiting, including a large group of fifth-graders; and a large contingent of midwives and home-birth advocates, babies in tow, are…

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This proposed special license plate would raise money to help maintain trails around the state on which mountain biking is allowed. The plate won support from the House on Monday on a 49-18 vote; the measure, HB 486, now moves to the Senate. (Courtesy photo / Idaho Legislature)

House votes 49-18 for mountain biking plate

HB 486, creating a new special license plate to benefit mountain biking trails, has passed the House on a 49-18 vote. "This bill is purely revenue-generating for the state," said Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, the bill's lead sponsor. Each special plate sold will initially send…

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'Conscience' bill clears committee, 6-3 

The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted 6-3 to pass SB 1353, the "conscience" bill, and send it to the full Senate with a recommendation that it "do pass." "This legislation prohibits nothing, it does allow professionals to opt out of something they don't want…

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David Ripley, lobbyist for "Idaho Chooses Life," answers questions from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday morning about SB 1353, the "conscience" bill protecting health care providers who refuse to provide treatments or medications related to abortion, emergency contraception or end-of-life care. Behind him is Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, the bill's lead legislative sponsor. (Betsy Russell)

'Conscience' bill prompts much debate

The hearing on SB 1353, the abortion and emergency contraception "conscience" bill, has been stretching on for nearly two hours already this morning in the Senate State Affairs Committee. So far, among the many testifying on the bill have been the Catholic diocese of Idaho,…

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