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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

How the hearing ended... 

As the nullification hearing closed today, just after the sponsors finished wrapping up, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire, a radio talk show host from Hebron, Ohio, pushed up to the microphone and demanded a chance to speak, and he was allowed to. As he spoke, at times…

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In this blurry photo, angry nullification supporters gather around Sen. Patti Anne Lodge after the Senate State Affairs Committee killed the health care nullification building on a voice vote on Friday morning; one man slammed his hand on the wooden counter in frustration as a security guard, right, joined the group. (Betsy Russell)

Crowd is restive after nullification bill killed 22 

The crowd is restive, with people milling around the Capitol Auditorium after the nullification bill was killed on a voice vote, and some forcefully confronting lawmakers. "You know we're left with no alternative but to defend ourselves," one young man told Senate President Pro-Tem Brent…

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Nullification bill killed on voice vote 15 

Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, moved to send HB 117, the health care nullification bill, to the full Senate with a recommendation that it "do pass." "I do believe that we as the states do have this right," Fulcher said. "I believe that we must act."…

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Senate State Affairs Committee members listen to testimony at Friday morning's nullification hearing, which stretched for close to three hours. (Betsy Russell)

McKenzie: 'We are on record as opposing that'

With time running out at the still-full nullification hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee, committee Chairman Curtis McKenzie, R-Nampa, has again cautioned those testifying that as for "what I call Obamacare, we are on record as opposing that, both in the committee and on…

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JFAC puts off $5 million transfer

After much debate, JFAC has put off for now a decision on whether to transfer $5 million in unused funds from an $18 million excess fund balance at the state Industrial Commission into the state general fund, to help balance this year's budget. JFAC Co-Chair…

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Wrestling with budget cuts... 

JFAC has voted 19-0 for a budget for the Division of Professional-Technical Education for next year that included a 2.2 percent cut in state general funds and a 1.7 percent cut overall, though backers of the plan acknowledged that it fails to meet federal maintenance…

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Pearce: 'A giant step into socialism' 

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, told the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning, "We assert that states have rights and we assert that they have been established." He called the national health care reform law enacted by Congress "probably the worst bill in American history."…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

Video Service Act killed on 10-9 vote

The House State Affairs Committee today killed the Video Service Act, HB 156, on a 10-9 vote. Here's a report from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel voted 10-9 to reject Qwest Communications' push to tinker with how video franchises are…

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About a hundred people silently protest the Senate's passage Thursday of two school-reform bills, including one removing many of Idaho teachers' existing contract rights, in a candlelight vigil. It was one of 23 such events hastily scheduled late Thursday around the state. (Betsy Russell)

Candle-carrying walkers protest bills 

About a hundred people are walking around the Capitol in a vigil, carrying small candles shielded by paper cups, silently protesting the Senate's votes today to pass two school-reform bills, including a measure removing many of Idaho teachers' existing contract rights. The event is one…

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Candlelight vigils set across state

Twenty-three candlelight vigils will be held around the state today in response to the Senate's passage of the first two bills in state schools Supt. Tom Luna's school reform plan, the Idaho Education Association announced, starting with one on the sidewalks ringing the state Capitol…

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Senate Dems: 'Mean-spirited plan' 

Senate Democrats have issued a statement calling today "a sad day for educators," after the Senate's two 20-15 votes in favor of the first two school reform bills; you can read their full statement here. Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, said, "It saddens me…

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Luna: 'A great day' 

State schools Supt. Tom Luna had this statement in response to today's Senate passage of two of this three reform bills: “This is a great day for Idaho and its children. With these two bills, we have reformed the way we pay teachers, and we…

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Pearce: 'Do it for the kids' 

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, debating in favor of SB 1110, the teacher performance pay bill, said, "Today I think is one of the most exciting days in Idaho history, where we've had the nerve and the internal fortitude to stand up and say it's…

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