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Eye On Boise archive for March 2012


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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Teacher pay bill passes House, 59-9 

The House has voted 59-9 in favor of HB 698, the salary-based apportionment bill, which cancels future teacher-salary cuts required by the "Students Come First" reform law, while also declaring that the law's reforms, including laptop computers and performance-pay bonuses, are top funding priorities in…

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House begins debating teacher salary bill...

The House is now debating HB 698, the salary-based apportionment bill. Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, asked Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, the bill's sponsor, whether the bill's requirement that in the future, the state's minimum teacher salary must rise by twice the percentage of the…

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Judges' retirement bill passes Senate, 34-0

The judges' retirement bill, HB 660, has passed the Senate on a unanimous, 34-0 vote and now heads to the governor's desk. Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said he arrived at this year's legislative session ready to kill the judges' retirement bill, but today he's…

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House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, on the House floor on Thursday (Betsy Russell)

Lake: 'I think it stinks'

Asked what he thinks about House Education Chairman Bob Nonini's scholarship tax credit bill bypassing the House Rev & Tax Committee, instead coming through Education, House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, said, "I think it stinks." Asked if the bill would have passed in Rev…

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Tax-cut bill clears Senate committee on 6-3 vote 

The Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee has voted 6-3 in favor of sending HB 563, the House-passed income tax cut bill for top earners, to the full Senate without recommendation. Those voting yes were Sens. Rice, Hammond, McKenzie, Hill, Johnson and Siddoway. Those voting…

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