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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

KTEC bill hits snag, held 'til Tuesday 

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee has put off a vote on HB 35, legislation from Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, designed to let the Kootenai Technical Education Campus in Rathdrum open a year earlier than it could otherwise, until Tuesday. Committee members said they…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

House Dems: Nullification bill a 'dangerous stunt' 

The House minority leadership has issued a strongly worded statement on the newly introduced "nullification" bill today, headed, "Majority Lawmakers Waste Taxpayer Dollars and Time on Nullification." In the statement, Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, “Though we often see meaningless grandstanding in the Statehouse,…

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Idaho Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, shown here in his office in the state Capitol on Wednesday, says he's known discrimination first-hand due to his Samoan ethnicity. He's sponsoring legislation to add sexual orientation to Idaho's anti-discrimination law. "I certainly understand the political climate," he said. "It is still the right thing to do." (Betsy Russell)

Idaho could expand anti-discrimination law

Idaho's state Human Rights Commission has endorsed legislation adding sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination law, a key move since two years ago, the commission opposed such legislation - and lawmakers refused even to introduce it. This year, the legislation's already been introduced, and Senate…

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Barbieri: 'Hearing general support' 

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, is a first-time lawmaker who stepped into the spotlight in a big way today, proposing the controversial "nullification" bill on health care reform in the House State Affairs Committee, and then fielding media interviews for several hours afterward. "I've…

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Anti-union bill clears Senate committee

Idaho state and local governments could be forbidden to require bidders on public works projects to pay their workers pre-determined wages and benefits, under legislation that cleared a Senate committee today, the AP reports. SB 1006, sponsored by Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, cleared the…

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Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, pitches "nullification" legislation to the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

Barbieri pitches nullification bill

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, told the House State Affairs Committee this morning, "The federal health care laws recently passed by the U.S. Congress have invaded the traditional sovereign powers of the state. This bill declares that this intrusion by the federal government is ...…

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Lt. Gov. Brad Little, right, is among the browsers at University of Idaho displays in the fourth-floor capitol rotunda on Wednesday morning; at center is UI President Duane Nellis. (Betsy Russell)

UI has crowd, displays in rotunda

About 40 University of Idaho students are down in Boise from Moscow, along with college deans, officials and more, including UI President Duane Nellis, and they're offering displays and breakfast in the fourth-floor capitol rotunda, where they're sharing information about the university and its programs.…

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CWI shares student success stories

College of Western Idaho President Bert Glandon shared a rapid-fire series of a dozen success stories involving his college's students, including people who never thought they'd attend college and now are building successful careers, people who overcame family and financial struggles and more. Music played…

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Community colleges 'take everyone'

College of Western Idaho President Bert Glandon is the next to make his budget pitch to lawmakers this morning; he'll be followed by College of Southern Idaho President Jerry Beck. After the community colleges, BSU President Bob Kustra is scheduled to address JFAC. Glandon told…

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North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell tells legislative budget writers on Wednesday that NIC's enrollment has soared, but state support for the college would drop down to 2001 levels under the governor's proposed budget for 2012, which calls for a further 1.7 percent cut on top of earlier decreases. That forces the college to rely more on local property taxes and student tuition and fees, Bell said. (Betsy Russell)

NIC: Soaring enrollments, falling funding

Priscilla Bell, president of North Idaho College, is making her budget presentation to JFAC this morning, and her news is dramatic: Student enrollment, measured by total head count, has soared from about 3,500 when she started at the college in 2007, to some 6,700 this…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

Luna reform bills on the way...

Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, just announced that two bills that are part of state schools Supt. Tom Luna's sweeping education reform plan will be posted on the superintendent's website on Thursday "to give interested parties opportunities to read the bills." Then,…

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little briefs the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday on the findings of the governor's transportation funding task force. Little said the findings included $543 million in road needs, but no way to fund them now. If Idaho can't keep up its road system, he said, it'll have to start abandoning parts of it. (Betsy Russell)

Little: Fix roads or abandon them 

Lt. Gov. Brad Little reported to the Senate Transportation Committee today on the findings of the governor's transportation funding task force, which concluded that Idaho's roads and bridges need $543 million worth of work, but that no funding increases should be proposed now in the…

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