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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 16, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Capitol sees flurry of anti-union bills 

Union workers flooded the Capitol this week to testify against legislation aimed at weakening the leverage of labor organizations in Idaho, the AP reports, but both bills cleared a House committee and are now headed for a final vote in the full House, having already…

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Bill makes assisted suicide a felony 

Here's a link to my full story at on how, amid quotes from scripture and urgings from anti-abortion activists, an Idaho Senate committee today approved legislation to outlaw physician-assisted suicide in the state, making it a felony. SB 1070 won support from the Idaho…

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How they voted... 

Here's the breakdown on the 49-20 House vote on HB 117, the health care nullification bill: Voting in favor: Reps. Andrus, Barbieri, Barrett, Bateman, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Block, Bolz, Boyle, Collins, Crane, DeMordaunt, Ellsworth, Gibbs(Wheeler), Guthrie, Hagedorn, Hart, Hartgen, Harwood, Henderson, Lake, Loertscher, Luker,…

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Nullification bill passes House, 49-20 14 

The House has voted 49-20 in favor of HB 117, the health care nullification bill. In his closing debate, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said in his closing debate, "Now is the time. If Idaho is to stand for its sovereign rights, it must do…

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House GOP leaders defend Luna plan 15 

The House GOP leadership has issued a two-page statement defending state schools Supt. Tom Luna's school reform plan, saying, "Times of uncertainty require strong leadership, and plans for change in times of hardship will always meet resistance from those who wish things could stay the…

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Debate: 'This bill is symbolic' 

Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, debating in favor of the nullification bill, HB 117, said as a longtime teacher of government and history, "I cannot begin to express my satisfaction that this bill has reached the House of Representatives." He said, "This bill is symbolic…

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Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, opens debate in the House Wednesday in favor of HB 117, the health care nullification bill, of which he's the lead sponsor. (Betsy Russell)

House opens debate on nullification bill 

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has opened the debate on HB 117, the health care nullification bill, urging support for the measure "with all the passion I can muster." Barbieri said a federal judge's decision in Florida that the federal health-care reform bill is unconstitutional…

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Parent group: 'Shocked and disappointed' 

Idaho Parents and Teachers Together, the group that organized a rally on the Statehouse steps last week against state schools Supt. Tom Luna's school reform plan, has issued a statement in response to yesterday's events, including Luna blaming reform opponents for the vandalism of his…

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Anti-assisted suicide bill clears Senate panel 

Legislation to outlaw physician-assisted suicide in Idaho has cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee, which just voted to send SB 1070 to the full Senate with a recommendation that it pass. The bill was sponsored by anti-abortion activists, but was negotiated with the Idaho Medical…

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