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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 4, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

On Friday's "Idaho Reports" show on Idaho Public Television, those discussing the legislative events of the week include, from left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, David Adler, Anne Wallace Allen and host Greg Hahn. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

The week that was...

On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public TV, I join host Greg Hahn, Jim Weatherby, Anne Wallace Allen and David Adler to discuss the events of the week, from ethics to education reform. Greg also interviews Reps. Scott Bedke and Wendy Jaquet and Sen. Chuck…

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Hart's statement to the House... 

Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, rose in the House yesterday to apologize to his colleagues for his ethics problems, a day before he was scheduled to go, once again, before the House Ethics Committee. This morning, that panel voted to drop an ethics complaint…

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Budget: 'The painful, stark reality'

In letters sent to the House and Senate education committee chairs and Health & Welfare committee chairs, the co-chairs of the Legislature's joint budget committee are warning that much bigger budget cuts than have been anticipated could have to be made in public schools and…

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Senate passes second anti-union bill

The Senate has voted 25-8 in favor of SB 1007, an anti-union measure pushed by Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, sending the measure to the House. It's the second of two bills targeting unions, co-sponsored by nine GOP legislators, in part because lawmakers were upset…

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Jaquet on Hart: 'I think we sent him a message' 

Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, vice-chair of the House Ethics Committee, confirmed that the panel was about to send a recommendation to the full House to remove Hart from his committee vice-chairmanship, in response to an ethics complaint, when Hart offered to give up the vice-chairmanship…

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Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, apologizes to a House Ethics Committee on Friday. "I don't have a pristine past," he told the panel. (Betsy Russell)

Hart: 'I don't have a pristine past' 

Lawmakers on the House Ethics Committee said Hart made a statement on the House floor yesterday about his ethics issues. "I listened to your mea culpa on the floor yesterday," Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, told Hart. "You did say, and I was glad to hear…

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Two citizen complaints dismissed

Rep. Dell Raybould moved to dismiss a complaint from Larry Spencer against Rep. Eric Anderson. "I would move that the committee dismiss this complaint as having been unfounded and a frivolous complaint against Rep. Anderson," Raybould said. The motion passed unanimously. Then, Rep. Bill Killen…

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House Ethics Committee members Tom Loertscher, left, chairman, Wendy Jaquet, vice-chair, and Bill Killen, wait on Friday morning for Rep. Phil Hart to arrive. (Betsy Russell)

Ethics panel now waiting for Hart

The House Ethics Committee is now ready to reconvene, but is waiting for Rep. Phil Hart to arrive, according to Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. "Just so you know, Rep. Hart wants to be here and it'll take him just a minute," Loertscher said.

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Anti-assisted suicide bill introduced

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lawmakers have opened the door to an end-of-life debate this session with legislation to ban assisted suicide in Idaho. Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher introduced a bill Friday that would make it a…

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Ethics committee emerges, takes break

The House Ethics Committee has come out of executive session after nearly a full hour. Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said panel members need a break, so they're going to go at ease for about 10 minutes. "We will take up in open session at 10…

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