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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Idaho leaders ready to strengthen ethics laws

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho legislative leaders, from both parties, now say they're ready to strengthen the state's ethics laws. Among the proposals: Creating an independent state ethics commission, something 41 states have, but Idaho lacks.

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Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (Betsy Russell)

Barbieri on health exchange: 'It's socialism'

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri declared, "This health care mandate is not good for the nation. It's socialism. ... A socialist America is a broken America." Speaking on a panel about a proposed state health insurance exchange at the AP Legislative Preview today, Barbieri said, "It's…

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On playing politics...

Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai said, "This is not a time for us to play the politics, it's a time for us to look at what's best for Idahoans." Yet, it's also a year in which every seat in the Legislature is up for election,…

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (Betsy Russell)

Otter says he'll fight ed referendum

Gov. Butch Otter reaffirmed his support today for the "Students Come First" school reforms, which shift funds from salaries to technology boosts and make other changes, including removing many of teachers' collective bargaining rights. "I know they're going to be on the ballot this year,…

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Idaho state capitol, on Thursday morning (Betsy Russell)

Signs of impending legislative session...

Today's hearings by the Legislature's Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee are being streamed live online, courtesy of Idaho Public Television; you can watch live here. Also today, the 2 p.m. hearing at the Idaho Supreme Court on Twin Falls County's challenge to the new…

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State treasurer's commuting: Taxable?

The Associated Press today reports a new wrinkle in the controversy over state Treasurer Ron Crane using a state gas card to gas up his personal vehicle for his commutes from Canyon County to the state Capitol: Other state employees who are reimbursed for commuting…

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