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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 8, 2012


Right-to-hunt amendment clears committee

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Senate committee thinks hunting, fishing and trapping be a constitutional right in Idaho. The Senate Resources Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the Constitution that would preserve these traditional outdoor…

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House panel nixes Rep. Harwood's anti-EPA bill 

The House Environment Committee has voted 9-5 against introducing proposed legislation from Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, attempting to ban the EPA from the state of Idaho by repealing 10 state laws that recognize the federal agency's role in environmental regulation in the state. "Don't…

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Senators huddle on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Technical questions stall Senate debate... 

Senators are huddling over a technical question: Whether the amendment to HB 404, the anti-Occupy bill, already approved by senators this morning regarding university grounds conflicts with another, proposed by Sens. Davis and Hill on property seizure, because their amendment replaces entire sections of the…

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Members of the House and Senate tax committees hear from state Commerce Director Jeff Sayer at a special hearing Wednesday on possible tax cuts and the economy. (Betsy Russell)

Hearing: Lawmakers go shopping in the 'tax policy store' 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Business and agricultural industry groups told legislative tax committees that restoring research and development spending and adding financial incentives for job creation would help boost Idaho's economy. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee…

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Idaho counties want vote-by-mail

Yesterday I was on a panel speaking to a session of the Idaho Association of Counties Midwinter Conference, and during a discussion of election laws, the assembled county officials sent a remarkably strong message: They want vote-by-mail to improve how Idaho's elections work. It's an…

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