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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 3, 2012

FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

From right, host Greg Hahn, Melissa Davlin, Bill Spence, Jim Weatherby and Betsy Russell prepare for Friday's "Idaho Reports" program on the events of the Legislature this week.

The week that was...

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join BSU political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby, Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence, Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin and host Greg Hahn to discuss the events of the week in the Legislature, from Occupy amendments to this morning's JFAC public…

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In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, walks toward the Idaho Capitol in Boise on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. After another Republican representative quit smoking last year, Nonini is the lone open smoker in the Idaho Legislature, a dramatic change from a quarter century ago when lawmakers smoked in caucus meetings and even during hearings on the floor of the House. (AP Photo / John Miller)

The Legislature's last cigarette smoker...

In a state Legislature that used to be filled with clouds of cigarette smoke, there's now only one state lawmaker who regularly steps outside for a smoke: Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene. There also are a scattering of cigar aficionados, a few discreet chewing-tobacco users…

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Legislative budget writers take testimony on the state budget; much of it called for reversing Medicaid cuts and establishing a state suicide prevention hotline. (Betsy Russell)

Testimony: 'I don't know what we'll do'

Among the testimony from the public at this morning's public hearing on the state budget: Mary Rumple, mother of a son with disabilities, told the lawmakers, "He will live most of his life without me to care for him. ... Please consider that individuals with…

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