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Eye On Boise archive for April 2011


Senate passes anti-wolf bill, 27-8 15 

Last-minute legislation to declare a disaster emergency in Idaho due to wolves has cleared the Senate on a 27-8 vote and headed to the governor's desk, after just being introduced in the House two days ago. "There's anti-wolf coalition groups all over the state that…

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House adjourns, Bayer apologizes

The House has adjourned for the day, but first, Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, apologized to the House for the distribution earlier today, just before the House was to vote on HB 346, his last-minute bill to lift the charter school cap, of bright yellow fleece…

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House nixes school bus ads

The House has voted 30-39 to kill SB 1111a, the measure pushed by the Meridian School District to allow ads on school buses, a move the district estimated could bring it hundreds of thousands in much-needed revenue. Even after the bill was amended to narrow…

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House debating school bus ads bill

The amended version of SB 1111a, to allow ads on school buses, is being debated now in the House. "Certainly we're not talking about wrapping the bus, we're talking about a simple ad on the bus and as a result, generating some funds," Rep. Reed…

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House passes new closed-primary bill 

The House has passed the new version of the closed-primary election bill, HB 351, on a 51-16 vote. House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, "As I see it, this is a bill that was created behind closed doors by Republicans to address an internal…

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Wolf emergency bill clears Senate panel

The Senate Resources Committee has voted 7-2 in favor of HB 343, the wolf emergency bill, passing it on a party-line vote despite objections from Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, that the bill has constitutional problems. The measure, which earlier passed the House, now moves to…

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Senator asks for conscience bill veto

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said she's asked Gov. Butch Otter to veto HB 187, the "narrow fix" to last year's conscience law that Idaho seniors and the AARP decried, saying it doesn't protect dying patients' end-of-life care decisions. "We'd been promised a fix," Broadsword said.…

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Senate Democrats hold a press conference Wednesday and call this year's legislative session the "worst in memory." (Betsy Russell)

Senate Dems: Session 'worst in memory' 

Senate Democrats held a press conference just now to reflect on this year's legislative session, which they called the "worst in memoray" and said was dominated by "an off-shoot of the Republican party" that put ideology ahead of the state's best interest. "If there's one…

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A group of wolf opponents rallies on the Statehouse steps on Wednesday to celebrate House passage a day earlier of HB 343, to declare a disaster emergency in the state due to wolves. (Betsy Russell)

Wolf opponents tout wolf emergency bill

About two dozen wolf opponents are gathered on the Statehouse steps to celebrate yesterday's House passage of HB 343, declaring a disaster emergency in Idaho due to wolves, on a 64-5 vote. Anti-wolf activist Don Gillette told the group, "It's the first time in 12…

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House members head into caucus

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, just announced that the House will break until 1 p.m., and the majority party will head into a closed-door caucus now. House Minority Caucus Chairman Brian Cronin, D-Boise, said the minority party will do the same. Meanwhile, the Senate…

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It's the 87th legislative day...

The House has gone at ease for its page graduation presentation, which includes young pages spoofing the lawmakers; the Senate also will hold its page graduation today. Meanwhile, the Senate has passed HB 326, on registration reinstatements after vehicle emission violations; and taken up HB…

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House Ed endorses removing charter cap 

The House Education Committee has voted 13-4 to pass a last-minute bill, HB 346, to remove the cap on creation of new charter schools in Idaho, which is now set at six per year; the bill now moves to the full House. Times-News reporter Ben…

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Wind turbine siting bill killed, 11-8 

The House State Affairs Committee, after a heated debate, has voted 11-8 to kill HB 342, Rep. Tom Loertscher's bill to give veto power over wind turbines to property owners within 2 miles, and instead refer the issue to the Legislature's interim committee on energy.…

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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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