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Eye On Boise 2012 Idaho Legislature archive

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012







From left, Betsy Russell, Brian Cronin, Jim Weatherby, Melinda Smyser and host Greg Hahn on the set of "Idaho Reports" at Idaho Public Television on Friday (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

Final 'Idaho Reports' show of the season airs tonight

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join Jim Weatherby, host Greg Hahn and two retiring lawmakers, Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, and Sen. Melinda Smyser, R-Parma, to discuss the recently completed legislative session. Tonight's program also includes Hahn's interviews with Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Meridian;...

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Otter signs texting ban into law

Gov. Butch Otter has signed HB 1274a, the bill banning texting while driving, into law. The new law, which passed this year after three years of unsuccessful attempts in the Legislature to enact such a ban, makes texting while driving an infraction. Idaho currently has...

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Non-returning Representatives gathered in the front of the Idaho House for photos. Erik Simpson (R-Idaho Falls), arms raised, has served two terms. The House finished up business and adjourned on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.

 (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

The session that was...

Idaho’s legislative session this year was long on drama, but many of the biggest and hottest debates won’t mean much for most of the state’s residents. Instead, it’s the smaller things, some of which passed with little controversy, that will make the most difference in...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Idaho Reports (Idaho Public Television)

The week that was...

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join Jim Weatherby, George Prentice, Dan Popkey and host Greg Hahn to discuss the legislative developments of the week. Tonight's program also includes Hahn's interviews with Lt. Gov. Brad Little and with Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise; a report on energy...

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Gov. Butch Otter gives this year's legislative session an 'A' (Betsy Russell)

Otter gives legislative session an 'A' 13 

Gov. Butch Otter praised lawmakers today, calling this year's legislative session "productive." "I think it was a great session - in fact, I would give a good solid 'A' to the Legislature." He said, "The Legislature got it right this year." You can read my...

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House and Senate Democrats response Friday to this year's legislative session. (Betsy Russell)

House, Senate Dems respond to session...

House and Senate Democrats responded to this year's legislative session today, criticizing the Republican majority for its priorities, including tax cuts for top earners and social legislation on contraception and abortion. "They played special-interest social politics and forgot that people care about their personal freedom,"...

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Lt. Gov. Brad Little, president of the Idaho Senate, applauds at the close of the legislative session on Thursday after 81 days. (Betsy Russell)

Senate adjourns sine die 

The Idaho Senate has adjourned for the session at a little after 7 p.m., four hours after the House did the same. Here, Lt. Gov. Brad Little applauds the end of the session, which ran for 81 days. The final hours included tearful goodbyes, speeches,...

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Senators applaud outgoing Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, on Thursday evening. (Betsy Russell)

Senate says its goodbyes...

The Senate has been saying its goodbyes, including emotional farewells from the longest-serving Idaho senator ever, Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo; from Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise; Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle; Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello; Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian; Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello; and Sen. Nicole LeFavour,...

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Senate prepares to adjourn... 

"The Senate has completed its business and is about to adjourn sine die," Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said. Committees are being sent to notify the House, which adjourned for the session nearly three hours ago, and the governor.

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Senate passes teacher salary bill 

With no debate or discussion, the Senate has passed HB 698, the teacher salary bill, on a 28-7 party-line vote. That's the House version of the bill to cancel future cuts required by the "Students Come First" reform law in teacher salary funds, in order...

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Senate backs Youth Challenge bill, 35-0

The Senate has voted unanimously, 35-0, in favor of HB 662 to declare the Idaho Guard Youth Challenge program to start a school in Pierce, Idaho a secondary alternative school. The funding for that was defeated in JFAC, however. Backers hope to get state matching...

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The Idaho Senate continues debating well after 5 p.m. on  Thursday, more than two hours after the House adjourned for the session. (Betsy Russell)

Senate passes $35.7 million tax cut bill 

The Senate has voted 28-7 along party lines in favor of HB 563, the $35.7 million cut in Idaho's corporate and top individual income tax rates; just over 17 percent of Idaho tax filers would benefit. "This is a good way to use that money,"...

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