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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2012


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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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

State surplus grows to $113.6 million

Idaho's projected year-end balance at the end of the current fiscal year June 30 - the state surplus - is now up to $113.6 million, according to the latest edition of the General Fund Budget Monitor, which is published by the Legislature's budget office; you…

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McKague won't seek another Senate term

Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, has announced she won't run for another Senate term, and instead has endorsed Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, who landed in the same new legislative district as her. McKague served five terms in the House and is in her third term in…

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Latest on the lockdown... 

On Jan. 19, House Speaker Lawerence Denney ordered the doors to House members' basement office areas locked down and open by card access only. "Anyone without a House State ID badge will not be allowed into those spaces until the security guard has cleared it…

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

House committee introduces anti-EPA resolution

The House Environment, Energy & Technology Committee has voted to introduce Rep. Shannon McMillan's non-binding memorial calling for the EPA to pull out of the Silver Valley and halt its Superfund cleanup there within five years, with two "no" votes, one abstention and some concerns…

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Barbieri raw milk bill dumped 

Dalton Gardens Rep. Vito Barbieri proposed legislation this afternoon to ease Idaho's rules on sales of raw milk, and ran into opposition in the House Agriculture Committee, whose members noted that extensive work was done just last year to revise Idaho's rules for raw milk.…

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Idaho House deliberates on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Of ogres and tax credits...

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, sponsored legislation in the House today to add Special Needs Recreation of Coeur d'Alene to the list of charities and youth rehab organizations to which donations are eligible for a tax credit. Nonini praised the group, which provides recreational opportunities…

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