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Eye On Boise archive for March 27, 2012


Moving boxes stacked up in the foyer of the House show the end of Idaho's legislative session is near... (Betsy Russell)

House recesses, moving boxes on tap... 

Moving boxes are stacked up in the foyer of the House, the tried-and-true sign that the end of the legislative session is near. The House is about to recess to 1:30 p.m.; Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, explained that this is the time in the…

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Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, argues against the public school budget Tuesday in the House, saying the state should have done more. (Betsy Russell)

House passes public school budget, 54-15 

SB 1410, the public school budget, has passed the House on a 54-15 vote; the spending plan, the single largest piece of Idaho's state budget, earlier passed the Senate 31-4 and now heads to Gov. Butch Otter. Under the budget, state general funds for schools…

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Rep. Tom Loertscher (Betsy Russell)

Forced ultrasound bill is dead 

SB 1387, the mandatory ultrasound bill, is dead, House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, just confirmed. "I spoke with the right-to-life people this morning," he said. "They agreed that there's not much that can be done with the bill this year. ... We…

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House takes up Capitol Mall rules bill

The House is debating HB 693, the latest bill dealing with the Capitol Mall grounds and their use; that's the site of the Occupy Boise vigil. Earlier this session, lawmakers passed legislation to ban overnight camping on the site, aimed at evicting the encampment, but…

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