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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 27, 2012

MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012

Of parking meters, ethics and disclosure... 

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho’s House transportation chairman, who successfully pushed a bill through the House last week to shut off parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, didn’t disclose that his 24-year-old son has gotten…

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State species conservation chief resigns

Nate Fisher, head of Idaho's Office of Species Conservation since 2001, has resigned, reports Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker; you can read his full post here. Barker reports that Fisher said he's had an "uphill battle lately" on endangered species issues.

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Candidates start filing for Legislature...

The filing period opened today for state legislative offices, and so far, 22 incumbents and two challengers, Kent Marmon of Caldwell and Doyle Beck of Idaho Falls, brother of GOP activist Rod Beck of Boise, have filed to run; the Idaho Secretary of State's office…

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House Speaker Lawerence Denney presides over the House on Monday. (Betsy Russell)

Otter's IGEM initiative passes House, 63-2

Gov. Butch Otter's IGEM initiative, a $5 million push to speed commercialization of university research into commercial products, has passed the House on a 63-2 vote, with just Reps. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, objecting. The bill, HB 546, now moves to…

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Right-to-hunt measure passes Senate

The Senate has voted unanimously, 34-0, in favor of SJR 106, which would amend the state Constitution to add a right to hunt, fish and trap. To amend the constitution, the measure must pass both houses by a two-thirds margin and then receive majority approval…

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Fish & Game budget set on 16-3 vote

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has set a budget for Idaho Fish & Game for next year that appears to show a 20.5 percent increase in total funds, but that's largely because of a $13 million federal grant to construct the Springfield Fish Hatchery. Aside from…

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