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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

Senate Dems: School reform plan 'flawed"

Senate Democrats have issued a statement saying they're "standing with the vast majority of Idahoans and fighting passage of the Otter-Luna education gambit during today's floor debate." Among the concerns the minority senators raise is how the Senate can vote today on SB 1110, the…

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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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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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