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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 24, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

What it means...

The joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee's decision today to set a revenue figure for next year that's $33.3 million below the governor's estimate could have a variety of impacts. House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, noted that state chief economist Derek Santos…

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Anti-Occupy bill passes committee, 13-5 

The motion to pass HB 404 as-is has passed on the same 13-5 vote; the only "no" votes were Reps. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls; Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello; Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise; Elfreda Higgins, D-Garden City; and Phylis King, D-Boise. After the vote, one man tried to…

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Motion to amend anti-Occupy bill fails

The motion to hold off and let a subcommittee study changes to HB 404, the anti-Occupy bill, has failed with just five "yes" votes - the House State Affairs Committee's four Democrats plus Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls. By the same vote, the committee then…

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Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, defends his legislation to evict Occupy Boise from state property on Tuesday. The bill passed the House State Affairs Committee on a 13-5 vote. (Betsy Russell)

Rep. Bedke defends anti-Occupy bill

State Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, sponsor HB 404, said, “I have been impressed by the eloquent defense of the vigil and the passionate nature of the testimony.” But he said lawmakers are charged with maintaining “minimum levels of health and safety” at state buildings. Without…

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State Department of Administrator Director Teresa Luna testifies Tuesday in favor of legislation to evict the Occupy Boise encampment from state property. (Betsy Russell)

Luna: Occupy movement had no permission

State Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna told the House State Affairs Committee this morning that when the Occupy Boise group notified her office of its intent to begin an indefinite vigil on state property on the grounds of the Capitol Annex, the department searched…

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