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Eye On Boise archive for March 10, 2011


Census: Idaho's growth uneven in past decade

U.S. Census data for Idaho is out, and it shows that Idaho's population has grown 21.1 percent in the past 10 years to 1,587,582. The state's Hispanic population grew by 73 percent, while its non-Hispanic population grew by 16.7 percent; still, 89.1 percent of Idahoans…

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Federal lawsuit targets megaloads

An environmental group wants a federal judge to step in and block plans to haul dozens of oversized truckloads of oil refinery equipment along a northern Idaho highway federally protected river corridor, the AP reports. Idaho Rivers United filed its complaint Thursday in U.S. District…

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House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, argues for HB 210, the "right to farm" bill, in the House on Thursday. The bill, which protects farming expansions from nuisance claims or ordinances, passed the House 57-11 and now moves to the Senate. (Betsy Russell)

Right-to-Farm bill passes House, 57-11 

HB 210, the "Right to Farm" bill, has passed the House on a 57-11 vote. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, who co-sponsored the bill with Speaker Lawerence Denney, said, "It's a good bill, it helps clarify what's going on. It helps people understand where…

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Gold, silver currency bill dies for lack of motion 

A group of North Idaho residents and Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, attemped to introduce a "sound money" bill this morning in the House State Affairs committee regarding gold and silver currency. Tom Dillon of Sandpoint, chairman of the Legislative District 1 Republican Central Committee and…

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House committee passes guns-on-campus bill 28 

The House State Affairs Committee has voted 11-8 in favor of HB 222, the guns-on-campus bill, sending it to the full House with a recommendation that it "do-pass." The vote came after a motion to hold the bill in committee failed on an identical 8-11…

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Former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb urges the House State Affairs Committee to reject HB 222, the guns-on-campus bill; he's now the government affairs director at Boise State University. Newcomb said, "Why fix something that ain't broke?" (Betsy Russell)

Newcomb: 'Why fix something that ain't broke?' 

Former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb, the government affairs director for Boise State University, told the House State Affairs Committee that when he was in the Legislature, his first rule for legislation was to do no harm. "We're fixing a perceived non-existent problem with a solution…

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UI: Guns-on-campus bill would end local control

Marty Peterson, assistant to the president of the University of Idaho, told the House State Affairs Committee, "Under current policies, the state allows local control at the institutional level to determine campus firearms policies. This allows each institution to adopt policies that best suit the…

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JFAC at a 'standstill' after today

After today's JFAC meeting, the joint committee will take a break, and not meet either Friday or Monday. It's unclear whether or not it'll meet on Tuesday. "We're sort of at a halt," said Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert. "After today's work, we will…

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Changing Idaho's primary election system... 

Negotiations on how to change Idaho's primary election system began immediately after U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill’s March 2 decision overturning the current system, reports Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey, including the key issue of how independents would be treated in a closed GOP primary.…

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