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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Goedde: 'There'll be no applause or boos'

The education hearing has begun, with Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, urging the crowd to be civil. "There'll be no applause or boos, and everyone show respect for each other's position," he said. Stakeholders each will have 10 minutes to present, he said.…

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School reform hearings kick off

The Senate Education Committee will launch four days of hearings at 3 p.m. today on state schools Supt. Tom Luna's sweeping school-reform plan, which is contained in two giant bills, SB 1068 and SB 1069. Today's hearing will include Luna's presentation on the lengthy legislation.…

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ATV-riding hunters protest F&G rules 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some hunters who ride all-terrain vehicles to pursue their quarry have gone to the Idaho Legislature in a bid to expand where they can drive. They're getting assistance from Mountain Home Republican Sen.…

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Authorities: They're not really 'bath salts' 

There have been repeated warnings in recent days from police and state officials that the new synthetic drug marketed as "bath salts" is not, in fact, bath salts; it's a particular, and dangerous, chemical that has been marketed online and in drug paraphernalia stores as…

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Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, argues in the House on Monday for his resolution backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution supporting parental rights; after much debate, it passed on a 49-20 vote. (Betsy Russell)

House debates Nonini measure on parental rights 

The Idaho House is now debating a resolution pushed by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution promoting parental rights, and opposing the United States ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that already…

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Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, introduces a proclamation in the House on Monday honoring Ronald Reagan on the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth. (Betsy Russell)

House suspends rules to honor Reagan 

The House has suspended its rules this morning to take up HP 2, a proclamation honoring the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth and his accomplishments. Lawmakers said the move comes because today is the anniversary, to allow both the House and Senate to take…

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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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