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Eye On Boise archive for March 15, 2011


Members of the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee, including Sen. Brent Hill, right, listen to testimony Tuesday on two bills seeking to rein in urban renewal agencies in Idaho by adding requirements ranging from elections to public hearings. (Betsy Russell)

Urban renewal hearing will continue tomorrow 

With the hour approaching 5 p.m., Senate Local Government Chairman Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, announced that his committee's hearing on two urban renewal bills will continue tomorrow, though he'll keep going now to hear two more people who've signed up to testify. Much of the testimony…

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Of lawyers and lawyers... 

Here's a link to my full story at on how Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, wants the Idaho Legislature to hire its own lawyers in a new “Office of Legislative Counsel” rather than consulting the Idaho Attorney General's office. Barbieri, sponsor of this year's…

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AARP lauds Senate vote on drivers 

The AARP of Idaho has issued a statement commending the Idaho Senate for passing HB 160, protecting doctors from lawsuits if they recommend to the Idaho Transportation Department that a patient's driver's license be revoked. The bill also asks the doctor to provide a copy…

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The Idaho House meets on Tuesday; among the measures it voted on was the budget for the Idaho State Police, which drew much debate but passed on a 48-21 vote and now moves to the Senate. Opponents said the budget bill cuts too deeply from ISP. (Betsy Russell)

ISP budget draws House debate

The budget bill for the Idaho State Police, HB 253, drew lots of debate in the House today. House Appropriations Vice Chairman Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, noted that the budget shows a 9 percent increase in general funds, but that's only because of a transfer from…

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Acting reps cite conflicts, skip votes 

Under House Rule 38, members of the House who are present in the chamber when the roll is called must vote, unless they are excused by a majority vote of the House. The rule does, however, require members to disclose when they have a personal…

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