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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 22, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Senators question class size hikes

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho senators raised new concerns Tuesday about increasing class sizes in the state's schools, as state schools Supt. Tom Luna's sweeping school reform plan remained stalled on the Senate calendar despite narrowly clearing a…

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No answer today on fate of school reform bills

After huddling for 20 minutes in the senate president pro-tem's office, Senate GOP leaders and Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, emerged without any decision as to the next step on the school reform bills, and headed off to a meeting in the governor's…

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School bus ads bill clears Senate committee 

It's the Meridian School District that wants to allow advertising on school buses, district spokesman Eric Exline told the Senate Education Committee this afternoon, after he was introduced by the bill's legislative sponsor, Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian. Exline said in the current economic times, "My…

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Second anti-union bill passes House

The House have voted 55-15 in favor of SB 1007, to ban wage subsidies with job targeting or marketing funds on any kind of construction contracts. Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, a supporter, told the House, "It sends a message to those who choose not to…

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House passes anti-union bill, sends to guv

The House has voted 55-14 in favor of SB 1006, to ban project labor agreements in public works construction contracts, a measure strongly opposed by union workers; the Senate-passed bill now moves to the governor's desk. Backers, including House sponsor Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls,…

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Senate majority to caucus on ed bills 

Senate Republicans plan to go into a closed-door caucus at 11 a.m. today, according to Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; there's no word at this point what will happen with the education reform bills, but there could be after the caucus.

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Bill would authorize off-track betting

Off-track betting would be authorized in Idaho, under legislation introduced in the House State Affairs by a divided vote this morning. As Rep. Carlos Bilbao, R-Emmett, came to the microphone to propose his bill this morning, a horse race trumpet fanfare sounded, drawing a laugh…

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Moyle bill would ban hunting by plane

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The flat hilltops and gullies of western Idaho may be suited for airplanes, but hunters are apparently using this aircraft-friendly landscape to exploit a loophole in state law that forbids aerial hunting. One…

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James McMillan, a 29-year-old attorney from Wallace, proposes a resolution calling for the EPA to be removed from the Silver Valley within five years to the House State Affairs Committee; at left is his mom, Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, who yielded to her son to present the first measure she's proposed. (Betsy Russell)

Freshman lawmaker introduces son's bill 

New Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, introduced her first bill today, but it's actually from her son, Wallace attorney James McMillan. She told the House State Affairs Committee, "I would like to yield my time to my son to explain this further," to which chairman Tom…

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