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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 9, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

Six-hour hearing followed by dramatic vote

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's dramatic vote in favor of HB 111, the tribal policing bill, after a six-hour hearing that stretched long into the evening. More than two dozen people testified at the hearing that stretched from 1:30…

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Some looooong hearings... 

The tribal policing bill hearing, which just ended a few minutes ago, lasted for a whopping six hours, running from 1:30 in the afternoon until 7:30 at night. Meanwhile, the school reform hearing today went into the evening as well, running from 3 p.m. until…

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Panel passes tribal policing bill, 8-6 

The House Judiciary Committee has voted 8-6 to send the tribal policing bill to the full House with a recommendation that it "do pass." Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, voted with the majority in favor. "It was a safety issue," she said. "Kootenai County has…

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More testimony on tribal policing bill...

The police chief from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes testified that his tribe is neutral on the Coeur d'Alenes' tribal policing bill; it wouldn't apply in their situation, he told the House Judiciary Committee. Phil Lampert, a lifelong Benewah County resident, testified against the bill, saying, "This…

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'Trying to get this wrapped up today'

The House Judiciary Committee is taking a 10-minute break; it's been meeting since 1:30 on the tribal policing bill. "The hour is late, and we do still have four people signed up to testify," as well as the concluding statements, said Chairman Rich Wills, R-Glenns…

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Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, urges the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to kill the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's policing bill, calling the issue "a local matter." (Betsy Russell)

Harwood on tribal policing: 'A local matter' 

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, testified against the tribal policing bill. "There's no accountability," he told the House Judiciary Committee. "You don't have an elected official that's going to be over this. It diminishes the state law, and what it does is it violates your…

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Tribal policing hearing: 'Serious issues'

Mike Kane, lobbyist for the Idaho Sheriffs Association, has proposed two amendments to the tribal policing bill. One would place everything under the purview of the local sheriff and prosecutor. The other would revoke POST certification of any tribal officer who cited a non-tribal member…

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Tom Taggart, business manager of the Lakeland School District, testifies on school reform to the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

Taggart: 'We know it's not going to be good' 

Lakeland School District business manager Tom Taggart was first off to testify to the Senate Education Committee at its school reform hearing this afternoon, which is again packed and filling overflow rooms. Taggart, speaking on behalf of the Idaho Association of School Business Officials, said…

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Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts testifies Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee, opposing the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's tribal policing legislation. (Betsy Russell)

Benewah Sheriff Kirts: 'Bottom line is rights'

Benewah County Sheriff Robert Kirts just told the House Judiciary Committee, "The bottom line of this issue is Idaho citizens' rights. Are you willing to sign away these rights guaranteed by the state Constitution?" He expressed concerns about existing tribal laws, and said county officers…

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Coeur d'Alene Tribe lobbyist Bill Roden details the provisions of HB 111, the tribal policing bill, to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

What the tribal policing bill does...

Bill Roden, lobbyist for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, is detailing the differences between the current tribal policing bill, HB 111, and the earlier version from this session, HB 33. There are a couple of changes suggested by the Idaho Sheriff's Association and a few clarifying…

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Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, introduces the tribe's proposed policing legislation at a hearing on Wednesday; at right is the tribe's lobbyist, Bill Roden. (Betsy Russell)

'Trying to navigate jurisdictionally'

"What we are trying to address today is a problem with law enforcement and crime on Indian reservations," Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, told the House Judiciary Committee as the hearing on the tribal policing legislation opens. "The complications that exist…

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Today's nullification hearing... 30 

Click below to read a full article on today's nullification bill hearing from AP reporter John Miller. He reports that more than 200 people crowded into the Idaho Capitol today for a hearing on a bill to void President Obama's health care overhaul, an effort…

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This is the crowd for the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's tribal policing legislation. (Betsy Russell)

Crowds in both wings of the Statehouse... 

A large crowd already is gathering for the 3 p.m. Senate Education Committee hearing that will continue testimony on the Luna school reform plan; it will take place again in the Capitol Auditorium. Meanwhile, there's a packed room for the House Judiciary Committee meeting today,…

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Senate pauses to remember Susan Bennion

The Senate paused today to remember and honor Susan Bennion, a longtime key legislative staffer who was employed by the legislative branch from 1968 to 2005. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said Bennion, a noted redistricting expert, was "one of those people, those…

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