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Eye On Boise archive for April 5, 2011

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011


After much debate, House passes energy bills

House members vociferously tried to kill HB 347, the renewable energy tax credit extension, but it passed on a 40-29 vote after much debate. House Majority Caucus Chair Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, urged representatives to kill the bill. "This industry will survive just fine without it,"…

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The public school budget...

The public school budget that's now being debated in the Senate is $1.224 billion in state general funds and $1.56 billion total, a $47 million cut from this year's level, which saw a historic $128.5 million cut from the previous year. That's a 3 percent…

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Senate takes up public school budget

The Senate has taken up one of the biggest bills of the session: SB 1206, the public schools budget. It's the single largest slice of Idaho's state budget, and includes controversial cuts, including a cut in teacher pay. Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, told senators,…

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Of facts, rhymes, and megaloads... 

When the Senate debated HB 193a yesterday, the bill to allow courts to require big cash bonds before a lawsuit could be filed against a megaload or other transportation project on Idaho roads, the Senate sponsor, John McGee, R-Caldwell, said in his closing debate that…

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Off-track betting bill passes the Senate

An off-track betting bill has passed the Senate on a 26-9 vote; HB 191 would let racetracks at county fairgrounds that already have licenses for betting on simulcasts of races elsewhere transfer their licenses to a more suitable location, rather than the track itself. "This…

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Wolf disaster bill passes House 

The House has voted 64-5 in favor of HB 343, a measure declaring a disaster emergency in the state due to wolves. Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, said the measure was necessary to protect the "safety of our citizens and livestock producers." Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis,…

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Senate passes 'Hire One Act,' 30-5

The Senate has voted 30-5 to pass HB 297, Gov. Butch Otter's "Hire One Act" to give a tax credit to employers who make new hires, with the amount varying based on their rating in the state unemployment system. "It provides an incentive to Idaho…

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