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Eye On Boise archive for March 23, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Legislative limerick No. 2: On Day 75 

On this, the 75th legislative day of the session, it's taken me forever to get a chance to pen my next legislative limerick, but with all apologies, here it is: On Day 75... It should've ended today But politics got in the way Bombast or…

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

The week that was... 

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and host Greg Hahn to discuss the legislative developments of the week, from ethics to ultrasound. One thing we don't get to, as time runs out: A chance for Dr. Weatherby to say, “I told…

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All quiet, for now, on the ultrasound front...

Things have been quiet on the ultrasound front yesterday and today after Wednesday's tumult, with no House hearing scheduled on the controversial Senate-passed bill to require Idaho women who want an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound, but talk in the halls of the Statehouse…

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Texting ban heads to governor's desk

Legislation to ban texting while driving is headed to the governor's desk, after the Senate today approved SB 1274a, as amended in the House, on a 29-5 vote. The House added amendments to remove an exemption for law enforcement or emergency vehicles, and to specify…

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Rep. Killen to retire from the House

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― A Boise Democrat who has been one of the minority party's major voices on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee plans to retire from the Idaho Legislature. Rep. Bill Killen had originally filed…

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Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz speaks to the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Garage measure wins Senate panel approval

The Senate State Affairs Committee easily approved a resolution this morning to build a new multi-level state parking garage, using savings from refinancing of several existing state bonds at lower interest rates; the House-passed measure now moves to the full Senate. “It's an opportunity to…

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