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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 23, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

Lawmakers upset tribes with cig tax push

Here's a link to our full story at on how Idaho Republican lawmakers have raised strong concerns among the state's five recognized Indian tribes by starting a push to tax cigarettes on Indian reservations, introducing the legislation today without first consulting with the tribes.…

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Luna: 'A positive step' 

Here is state schools Supt. Tom Luna's statement on today's Senate move to pull the main school reform bill back to committee: “This is another positive step toward reforming education in Idaho. Two of the Students Come First bills will be taken up on the…

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JFAC overrides Millenium Fund committee 

Idaho's Joint Millenium Fund Committee went through 11 motions this year before it settled on a recommendation for how to divvy up Millenium Fund money among health and substance-abuse programs next year. But today, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee overrode the plan the other joint committee…

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AARP: 'We don't view this as progress' 

Here's what the Idaho AARP thinks of the new narrow conscience law amendment bill, HB 187: "We don't view this as progress," said David Irwin, Idaho AARP spokesman. "It still allows all health care professionals in Idaho to have a conscience objection to somebody's living…

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