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Eye On Boise archive for April 2011

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011


Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, visits with Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, and Speaker Lawerence Denney during the House's lunch break on Thursday, with boxes piled up outside the chamber in anticipation of adjournment, which could still be several hours away.  (Betsy Russell)

Focus shifts to House for final action...

It's in the House that the remaining business of the legislative session will be done; but one thing's clear: This morning's exercise, in which a new charter school cap-lifting bill was introduced in a hastily-called Ways & Means Committee meeting, then passed on the floor…

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Gavel falls, Senate adjourns 

At 12:36 p.m., the gavel fell in the Senate, and it adjourned sine die for the legislative session. Perhaps the oddest moment of the Senate's closing presentations - not counting the singing, which is more typical of the House - came when Sen. Melinda Smyser,…

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How they voted...

Here's how senators voted on HB 347, the renewable energy compromise bill that was killed by one vote in the final decision of the Senate's session this year: Voting in favor: Sens. Bair, Bock, Brackett, Cameron, Darrington, Hammond, Heider, Hill, Keough, LeFavour, Malepeai, McGee, McKague,…

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Senate kills energy compromise

In a surprise move, the Senate has just voted 17-18 on HB 347, the renewable energy rebate - killing the bill. It was the first piece of a two-bill compromise on energy policy. Immediately after the vote, the Senate went at ease. Then, Sen. Curt…

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House breaks for Ways & Means meeting 

The House has taken a break for a Ways & Means Committee meeting to introduce a new bill that Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, said "we need to get over to the Senate." The committee has posted an agenda showing that it'll consider a new…

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House Ed approves youth challenge bill 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to establish a military-based program targeted at high school dropouts in northern Idaho is headed to the state House of Representatives for debate. A House panel voted Thursday to advance the legislation,…

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Senate panel still debating 2nd energy bill

The Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee has been hearing testimony, asking questions and debating HB 347, the second piece of the energy compromise, for an hour now, and it's still going. Committee members have lots of questions about the bill, which extends the renewable…

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Barbieri: 'Really enjoyed this session' 

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, a freshman representative who won a four-way GOP primary last spring but then ran unopposed in November, is more upbeat than most in looking back on this year's legislative session. Barbieri, who stepped into the spotlight as the lead sponsor…

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Eskridge: Session 'tough, disappointing'

Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, has been at the center of the debate over energy this session, and he said it's been a difficult session. "It's been tough, and disappointing in some respects," said the sixth-term lawmaker. He said he has three major disappointments: How in…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011


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