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Eye On Boise archive for March 21, 2011

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

Whoppers in the House... 

There were a few whoppers told on the House floor today in the debate over HB 193a, the bill to block citizen lawsuits over giant megaloads on Idaho roads. First, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Dick Harwood, repeatedly said the companies shipping megaloads will post a…

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Parked between the Clearwater River and U.S. Highway 12 at Kooskia, Idaho, on Feb. 3, the first megaload of a ConocoPhillips half-drum awaits the next leg of its journey to Billings. (Associated Press / Lewiston Tribune)

Trail: Megaloads subsidized by Idaho taxpayers 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the House's passage today of legislation designed to block citizen lawsuits against giant megaloads on Idaho roads. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, said the state's current permit fees for giant megaloads don't cover all its costs…

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Bill expands anti-gang law

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are considering expanding the list of gang related crimes and give judges more latitude to issue tougher sentences for those convicted of gang activity. The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved…

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House passes GARVEE bill, 42-28

The House has voted 42-28 in favor of HB 285, the final GARVEE bonding proposal for highway work; it calls for $162 million in bonding next year. This is the last of a multi-year series of bonding efforts to complete major improvements to a series…

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Otter scuttled last guns-on-campus push 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter scuttled the last push to permit guns on Idaho college and university campuses in 2008, the Associated Press reports. "He had concerns then, I believe he has concerns now," said Sen. Curt McKenzie, a Nampa Republican behind the 2008 effort to…

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