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Eye On Boise archive for March 25, 2011

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Betsy Russell, left, Jim Weatherby and host Greg Hahn discuss the legislative events of the week on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

The week that was...

On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby and host Greg Hahn to discuss the events of the week, and Greg interviews Gov. Butch Otter, on everything from school reform to Medicaid to wolves. The show airs tonight at 8 p.m.,…

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Senate Dems: 'We say shame'

Senate Democrats have issued a sharply worded statement on the passage yesterday of SB 1184, the school reform bill, which they all opposed, saying, "Yesterday, Gov. Butch Otter, Supt. Tom Luna and their cronies in the business sector took a major step forward in realizing…

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New bill amends SB 1108 on school funding 

The House Education Committee introduced legislation this morning proposed by House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, to make a change to the newly signed SB 1108, repealing a provision that requires teachers who are laid off in the fall due to falling enrollment to get…

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Senate passes grocery tax credit freeze 

The Senate has approved HCR 25, the measure to put off the scheduled $10 bump-up in the grocery tax credit for all Idahoans next year, to save $15 million in next year's state budget. Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, told the Senate, "I don't like this…

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Bill would cut driver's ed funding 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As the state resets its education priorities, the Idaho House will debate a plan to strip millions in funding from driver's education classes, essentially ending a subsidy for programs offered through public schools.…

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AP: The chickens are coming...

Idaho lawmakers are trying for a second year to revamp rules governing large poultry operations, the AP reports, including moving oversight from the state's environmental agency to its Department of Agriculture. A bill is now up for a state Senate vote, after clearing the House;…

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Testimony: 'Nothing has changed since 2008'

Testimony at the guns-on-campus hearing has now included the BSU security chief, who opposes the bill and said the campus provides 24/7 security escorts and permits mace and pepper spray for personal protection; a Boise police captain who said guns on campus don't reduce crime;…

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Davis: 'This is not an intellectual exercise'

Jonathan Sawmiller told the Senate State Affairs Committee that students with guns aren't, as some might suggest, "nothing more than drunken frat boys who would stumble about campus firing indiscriminately." A law student, Iraq war veteran and BSU graduate, Sawmiller said, "I am a mature,…

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