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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 14, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum addresses the crowd in Boise, Idaho, at Capital High School on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

Santorum rallies Boise crowd

Rick Santorum's campaign rally in Boise drew an overflow crowd to the 1,300-seat Capital High School auditorium tonight. "The bigger the government is, the smaller you become," Santorum told the enthusiastic crowd. "It is a zero-sum game." Most of his remarks were aimed at President…

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Testimony for, against texting ban...

Seven more people have now testified in favor of SB 1274, the bill to ban texting while driving, including lobbyists for insurance companies and law enforcement, who were in favor; a Meridian police sergeant, in favor; several teens in favor; one teen against, who said…

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Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene, at Tuesday's hearing on his bill to ban texting while driving; he chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. (Betsy Russell)

Texting hearing: 'Easy for us to enforce'

Idaho State Police Capt. Ryan Zimmerman told the Senate Transportation Committee that SB 1274, the anti-texting while driving bill, is strongly supported by the ISP. "It is very cleanly written easy to understand, and easy for us to enforce," he said. Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur…

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House Resources chair Stevenson won't run again

House Resources Chairman Bert Stevenson, R-Rupert, has decided not to seek a ninth term in the Idaho Legislature, the Twin Falls Times-News reports today. Stevenson, 76, a semi-retired farmer and Army veteran, landed in a legislative district with two other House incumbents when legislative district…

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Senate passes anti-Occupy bill, 26-9 

The Senate has voted 26-9 in favor of HB 404a, the anti-Occupy Boise bill, which would evict the encampment from state property on an emergency basis. The bill now goes back to the House for a vote on it as amended in the Senate, which…

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