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Eye On Boise archive for March 16, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Scott Logan, and host Greg Hahn on the set of "Idaho Reports" Friday on Idaho Public Television. (Idaho Public Television)

The week that was...

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join Jim Weatherby, Scott Logan, host Greg Hahn to discuss the legislative developments of the week, from the Senate ethics issue to cigarette taxes to animal cruelty. The program also includes Hahn's interviews with longtime Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo; and…

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Senate ethics panel to meet Mon., 8 a.m. 

The Senate Committee on Ethics will meet Monday at 8 a.m. in room WW17 on the lower level of the state Capitol, committee Chairman Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, has announced. The six-member, bipartisan panel will investigate an ethics complaint against Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce,…

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Ethics panel named, Sen. Mortimer to chair 

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, has named the six members of a Senate Ethics Committee that will investigate a complaint against Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth. Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, will chair the panel. The other members are Sens. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson; Jim…

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Otter has signed IGEM legislation into law 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed legislation creating a $5 million plan intended to bolster university research and businesses that can help grow Idaho's economy. Otter's signature this week caps one of his…

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House passes higher ed budget...

The House has passed HB 659, the budget for Idaho's colleges and universities for next year, which sponsor Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, noted includes an 8.4 percent funding increase over this year - but only after a 26.4 percent funding decrease since 2009. The…

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Pearce: 'This is political' 

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, the subject of an ethics inquiry in the Senate over failing to disclose a conflict of interest through numerous committee and full Senate votes on oil and gas rules and legislation, tells the Associated Press he did nothing wrong, pointing…

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