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Eye On Boise archive for March 29, 2012


Lt. Gov. Brad Little, president of the Idaho Senate, applauds at the close of the legislative session on Thursday after 81 days. (Betsy Russell)

Senate adjourns sine die 

The Idaho Senate has adjourned for the session at a little after 7 p.m., four hours after the House did the same. Here, Lt. Gov. Brad Little applauds the end of the session, which ran for 81 days. The final hours included tearful goodbyes, speeches,…

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Senators applaud outgoing Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, on Thursday evening. (Betsy Russell)

Senate says its goodbyes...

The Senate has been saying its goodbyes, including emotional farewells from the longest-serving Idaho senator ever, Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo; from Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise; Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle; Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello; Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian; Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello; and Sen. Nicole LeFavour,…

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Senate prepares to adjourn... 

"The Senate has completed its business and is about to adjourn sine die," Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said. Committees are being sent to notify the House, which adjourned for the session nearly three hours ago, and the governor.

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Senate passes teacher salary bill 

With no debate or discussion, the Senate has passed HB 698, the teacher salary bill, on a 28-7 party-line vote. That's the House version of the bill to cancel future cuts required by the "Students Come First" reform law in teacher salary funds, in order…

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Senate backs Youth Challenge bill, 35-0

The Senate has voted unanimously, 35-0, in favor of HB 662 to declare the Idaho Guard Youth Challenge program to start a school in Pierce, Idaho a secondary alternative school. The funding for that was defeated in JFAC, however. Backers hope to get state matching…

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House adjourns sine die 

The House has adjourned sine die, despite a chorus of "nays" to the motion. "The House stands adjourned sine die," Speaker Lawerence Denney declared, banging his gavel to loud applause.

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Departing representatives head for the well of the House to say their goodbyes on Thursday, the last day of Idaho's 2012 legislative session. (Betsy Russell)

House begins its goodbyes...

House Speaker Lawerence Denney invited all those who will be leaving the House after this year to assemble in the well in front of him; with the huge crowd standing there, he then banged his gavel and asked loudly, "Haven't you learned anything?" House rules…

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