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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, apologizes to a House Ethics Committee on Friday. "I don't have a pristine past," he told the panel. (Betsy Russell)

Hart: 'I don't have a pristine past' 

Lawmakers on the House Ethics Committee said Hart made a statement on the House floor yesterday about his ethics issues. "I listened to your mea culpa on the floor yesterday," Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, told Hart. "You did say, and I was glad to hear…

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Two citizen complaints dismissed

Rep. Dell Raybould moved to dismiss a complaint from Larry Spencer against Rep. Eric Anderson. "I would move that the committee dismiss this complaint as having been unfounded and a frivolous complaint against Rep. Anderson," Raybould said. The motion passed unanimously. Then, Rep. Bill Killen…

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House Ethics Committee members Tom Loertscher, left, chairman, Wendy Jaquet, vice-chair, and Bill Killen, wait on Friday morning for Rep. Phil Hart to arrive. (Betsy Russell)

Ethics panel now waiting for Hart

The House Ethics Committee is now ready to reconvene, but is waiting for Rep. Phil Hart to arrive, according to Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. "Just so you know, Rep. Hart wants to be here and it'll take him just a minute," Loertscher said.

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Anti-assisted suicide bill introduced

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lawmakers have opened the door to an end-of-life debate this session with legislation to ban assisted suicide in Idaho. Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher introduced a bill Friday that would make it a…

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Ethics committee emerges, takes break

The House Ethics Committee has come out of executive session after nearly a full hour. Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said panel members need a break, so they're going to go at ease for about 10 minutes. "We will take up in open session at 10…

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IRS conformity bill on fast track

Click below for a full report on the IRS tax conformity bill that emerged from the House Rev & Tax Committee today, from AP reporter Todd Dvorak. The bill, which brightens the state's budget picture by $50 million from where it was last Friday, could…

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House Ethics Committee convenes

The House Ethics Committee has convened, and gone into executive session to consider two preliminary complaints, one against Rep. Phil Hart from political opponent Howard Griffiths over a judges' meeting, and one against Rep. Eric Anderson from Hart supporter Larry Spencer. The closed-door session is…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Otter names Tippets to Senate seat

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has named former state Rep. John Tippets, R-Bennington, to the Senate seat that opened up when former Sen. Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, was named chairman of the state Tax Commission. Click below to read Otter's full announcement.

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Second school reform bill: 61 pages

Jason Hancock, aide to state schools Supt. Tom Luna, has begun presenting the second bill in Luna's school reform package, which stretches for 61 pages and includes increasing class sizes throughout the state and eliminating hundreds of teaching jobs.

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