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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 22, 2010


One complaint dismissed

Rep. Dell Raybould has moved to dismiss the complaint against Rep. Hart for abuse of legislative privilege. Rep. Rich Wills seconded the motion, and it passed on a 5-2 vote. Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, joined the panel's Republicans in that vote. Now the committee…

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Hart refuses to resign from Rev & Tax 

Rep. Phil Hart is refusing to resign from the House Rev & Tax Committee. "I am authorized on behalf of Rep. Hart to state that regardless of which direction the vote of the Ethics Committee goes, he will speak and discuss this issue with the…

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House Ethics Committee discusses Rep. Phil Hart's case on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Killen: 'I think it is a big deal'

Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, said if the ethics committee lets Hart slide, it's setting precedent with regard to abuse of legislative privilege. "We're suggesting to future bodies that it's no big deal - I think it is a big deal," he said.

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Loertscher: 'Might be difficult for us to do'

Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, is arguing that because the Board of Tax Appeals didn't rule on whether the legislative privilege from civil process applies to a lawmaker's personal tax appeal or not - they ruled that even if it did, Hart still exceeded…

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ethics committee (Betsy Russell)

Ethics committee convenes

The House Ethics Committee is gathering for its meeting. Chairman Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, asked about the agenda, said, "We're just going to discuss this last item about this matter and resolve it once and for all, get this behind us so we can move…

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Ethics Committee to convene today on Hart

The special House Ethics Committee investigating the actions of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, convenes this afternoon at 2:30 Boise time in the House State Affairs Committee hearing room, East Wing Room 40 in the lower level of the state Capitol, for a telephone conference call…

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Ad watch: The new Allred TV ad 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred's new TV commercial focuses on education cuts, for which he criticizes Gov. Butch Otter. Here's a look at the claims:CLAIM: In the ad, Allred says, "Butch Otter doesn't do his homework. He botched the budget and cut education 7 percent,…

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